Xmas is a time for myths and legends – how historically accurate is the Xmas story, what elements of Xmas are Christian and which are pagan? How old are Xmas traditions?
But passing on to other myths lets not forget the really important myths that shape our perceptions and policy on housing.
We don’t build enough houses so we must build more!
Oh dear, this is a real myth – we build far more houses than there are extra households!
There are thousands of people on the waiting list – we must build houses for them.
The waiting list, more correctly termed the Home Choice Register, consists of those households looking for alternative accommodation. Most, we estimate at least 80%, are already living in houses. We do not have to build a new house for each household!
Most housing need in Cornwall is due to local need.
No, most ‘need’ demand is from people moving to Cornwall to live as permanent residents or purchasing second homes for holidays or purchasing houses to let out to visitors.
Planning restrictions are stopping house building.
Ha ha, just look around Cornwall – houses are going up all over the place – restrictions not!
And there are more, but that’s enough for now.