Andfrew George, former MP for St. Ives states:
Contrary to popular perceptions Cornwall is one of the most densely populated ‘rural’ territories in the country.
For the past half century we cannot be accused of being a NIMBY community – being one of the fastest growing places in the UK.
We’ve more than doubled our housing stock in that time and yet the housing problems of locals have got significantly worse. So, one conclusion we could reasonably reach is that turning Cornwall into a private developers’ paradise is part of the problem rather than a solution.
Instead this Govt has insisted that we take many more homes, in large part because of the growing demand for second homes!
I run a charitable housing body who’s objective it is to help meet housing needs of locals but this is made more challenging when a developers’ paradise policy projects unaffordable ‘hope’ value on so much land. We scratch the surface of the need but could do much more.
Although it sounds counter-intuitive the best way to help meet local housing need in perpetuity (as we do) is for the planning system to put a massive brake on market housing…
Indeed, counter intuitive but a good idea!