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Mr Saltmarsh was so offended that within two days he’d offered a long and robust rebuttal. (Although this was apparently written from the future in 2072 with the aid of a time machine.) While this deals with most of the questions Egerton had raised about Inox and its organisation it can’t escape the basic facts which are
So congratulations are due to Councillor Egerton for poking his stick into this particular wasps’ nest. As he says the whole episode of connection between stadium and suburb and who’s exactly funding what gets
curiouser and curiouser
Also curious however is that the same Cllr Egerton appears to lose all his critical faculties when it comes to developments on the other side of town. Consistent criticism of the profiteers sucking the blood out of Truro would be nice. But instead, Bob Egerton thinks that the Duchy/Waitrose/Cornwall Council scheme for the eastern urban extension will
provide benefits to the residents of Probus [and] other parishes
In particular the park and ride will benefit ‘traffic flows within Truro’. What Egerton prefers not to understand is that it will increase traffic flows overall. An odd position for someone with a logo ‘One Cornwall One Planet’ on his website.
And what does Bob Egerton think about the biggest issue facing us in Cornwall – the Council’s Core Strategy plans for another minimum 48,000 houses and around 95,000 people in Cornwall by 2030? Strangely, he doesn’t say. Not a single word on his website about that. This sad failure to represent and lead opinion is sadder still when we note that Egerton is typical of the majority of his councillor colleagues. They can get awfully het up about who is going to represent the Council at the Olympic torch shenanigans but prefer to say f**k all about the Council’s growth agenda.
When Cllr Egerton was appointed the Council’s transparency champion a year ago he committed himself to making it as open and transparent as possible. But not it seems to the point of telling us what he feels about the Core Strategy or the looming prospect of over a million people in Cornwall by 2099.
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reductions are not the same as cuts
whether the stadium goes ahead has no bearing on the housing
whether the housing goes ahead has no bearing on the stadium
the limited number of naysayers who don’t wish to see Cornwall progress are resorting to increasingly bizarre tactics to gain support for their negativity.
For example, how many of the extra 48,000 to 53,000 houses they want the developers to build are intended for an increased population of in-migrants; how many are the result of household changes in the currently resident population; and how many will be bought by second home owners?
You have to look quite hard to find mention of the latter. However, tucked away in the lists of laughable reasons provided to legitimate the Council’s plans for excessive growth in each community network area, we can find references to second homes. Well, not actually second home owners as such, but ‘temporary residents’. How convenient. This newly coined term gives them a status more equal to us ‘permanent residents’.
But I can reveal that in more than half the community network areas (10 out of 19) competition from ‘temporary residents’ is pushing up the numbers of houses being built.
In Wadebridge and Padstow the problem of second homes can hardly be ignored. Padstow is described as ‘a popular second home location’ and the planners admit the horrifying fact that in this district
four out of ten homes are already occupied by temporary residents
Does this therefore explain the curious fact that, despite being the one area in Cornwall which has no predicted population growth, there is still a ‘need’ for 800 more houses over the next 20 years? It would be nice to know how many of these 800 are earmarked for second homes. But sadly we’re not told.
In West Penwith there is also
a significant level of competition between permanent and temporary residents … and the growth figure chosen will need to accommodate this level of competition
Which means that more houses have to be built to cater for the second home market.
A similar unquantified ‘need’ to accommodate second home owners appears at St Agnes, St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel, Liskeard and Looe and at Camelford. In the last of these there is
a great deal of competition
At Helston and the Lizard
households … face higher levels of competition than on average … from prospective second home owners
While at Bude
residents in this area face a great deal of competition for housing from the second and holiday home market and the growth level chosen will have to take this into account
Meanwhile, at Hayle and St Ives
there is great deal of competition from second home owners … and the number of new houses developed will need to accommodate this aspect of need
‘Aspect of need’???? This implies that the phrase ‘housing need’ tossed around with such abandon by the Core Strategy and its apologists includes the ‘need’ to build second homes for ‘temporary residents’, not to mention all those unaffordable homes for new permanent residents. Obviously, this is not something Cornwall Council wants to make a big fuss about. But the next time you hear Kaczmarek and co wittering on about meeting ‘local need’ remember that their definition of this includes second homes and in-migration.
squeezing hard working families and giving them an unfair deal
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low income households of working age lose the most [from the Government’s tax and spending changes] … those who lose the least are households of working age without children in the upper half of the income distribution
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growth can help deliver many of the aspirations of local communities
the area has aspirations to grow both in terms of housing and employment
growth will help deliver many of the aspirations communities have
has aspirations to grow in terms of both housing and employment, and growth can help maintain the existing retail centres and community facilities and enable new community facilities to come forward
growth can enable many of the local community’s [sic] aspirations to be delivered
growth can help deliver many of the aspirations of local communities
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growth will help support the regeneration of villages and the local economy and enable the delivery of affordable homes
has aspirations to grow in terms of both housing and employment
the area has aspirations to grow to some degree so long as it is planned and is sensible (?)
growth will help maintain Bude’s role as the local service centre for the area
growth will help to deliver many of the aspirations of local communities
growth can help support the regeneration of Saltash and Torpoint town centres and new housing development will mean more people will fall within their respective catchment areas
This has apparently risen by 2,000 in just two months and is now 23,000. A scandal indeed and the result of a generation of relying on the market plus the destruction of council housing by Tory and Labour Governments. But cue Mark Kazcmarek, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for Housing, who has a cunning plan.
He wants the Council to borrow £20 million to buy land for more houses. Now if this were to build social housing for subsidised rents (and there’s the rub – they can’t subsidise it anymore) then all well and good. Although £20 million would only build somewhere around 200-300 houses so it’s a bit of a proverbial drop in an ocean over-populated by red herrings.
Moreover, Kazcmarek wasn’t exactly crystal clear about what the land would be used for. At one point he stated it would be used to deliver
local needs housing
But then he went on to say it would be sold on to others with only
the majority [being] affordable
I hope I’m not being too cynical in suspecting this might be just another way to ease planning permission for the council’s developer mates.
Kazcmarek also said that the land could be used
for housing purposes or even business purposes
Business purposes? What might these be?
The real difficulty of meeting local needs is unfortunately being used as a smokescreen to distract attention from of all those unaffordable houses the Council (and their developer friends) want to build to sell to comfortably-off in-migrants.
Strange indeed how the problem of rising waiting lists so easily and conveniently segues into the ‘need’ to build more unaffordable houses. Jenny Allen from the National Housing Federation (the ‘voice of housing associations’) was keen to leap in to say we must increase the number of houses – apparently of any kind – over the 48,000 already proposed by the Council. The more unaffordables (and the more in-migrants) the better as it allows us to build more affordables for locals (and for non-locals of course although they’re rarely mentioned).
This mad hatter’s tea party thinking did not warrant a jot of critical interrogation from the Radio Yokel presenter. Far from it, this idiot was too busy equating the waiting list with people
needing a roof over their heads
That particular myth (much of the increase will presumably be people with a roof over their heads but struggling to pay the exorbitant rent required to keep it there) was then (deliberately?) encouraged by Kazcmarek. The rise in the waiting list was, he said, a result of people
made homeless [and] living on the streets.
Really? Mark Kazcmarek should be congratulated for beginning a grown-up debate about ways to solve the market-induced housing crisis in Cornwall. But perhaps he could start by spelling out for us exactly how many of the 23,000 are actually homeless.