Take a good look, our Cornwall is changing - and it won't be here forever

Housing is the issue on everybody's lips this week it seems - if you can get past the taste of horse meat.

In fact as I write these words Cornwall Council is busy squabbling over the number of houses that will be built in the county over the next 20 years.

The meeting has already been called a farce by certain councillors with internet connected phones and to the casual onlooker it does have the look of a kitchen with far too many cooks.

As amendment after amendment is thrown around the room your pal the Skipper is getting sorely tired of listening to the various blowhards trying to save their political skins ahead of the all important elections in May - and don't even get me started on the promised vote to U-turn on allowance rises.

Meanwhile, as reported in the pages of this paper, communities in Mabe and Mylor have seen two hefty planning applications given the green light by the unitary authority this week.

You can argue the rights and wrongs of both these plans until the cows come home and indeed, in Mylor at the very least, residents have been up in arms since 2011.

There is no denying that we need to think about future generations and it is true that affordable housing in Cornwall is sorely needed.

But is there really nowhere better to build than on an Area of Oustanding Beauty and former productive market garden, as in Mylor, or on a perfectly serviceable piece of Grade 3a agricultural land that the parish council wanted retained, as in Mabe?

Perhaps it was best put by a particularly eloquent commenter on the Packet's website, who said: “So long as the job of providing 'affordable' homes is effectively outsourced to the rapacious will of the free market then only one mantra will mean anything anymore: If it's cheap, build on it.”

It's down to greater minds than mine to decide the future of our great county - it's just a shame there's such a lack of them up at New County Hall.

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5:08pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Are Cornwall Council under pressure from the government to build this percentage of housing, if so, are there any incentives to be forthcoming from the government. Any housing built outside of the affordable/social rented remit will more than likely be bought by out of county people, in which case will someone be addressing the already acute shortage of dentists problem and additionally survey as to whether the Doctors and schools will be able to cope with the influx of people coming into the county over the proposed build time.
Are Cornwall Council under pressure from the government to build this percentage of housing, if so, are there any incentives to be forthcoming from the government. Any housing built outside of the affordable/social rented remit will more than likely be bought by out of county people, in which case will someone be addressing the already acute shortage of dentists problem and additionally survey as to whether the Doctors and schools will be able to cope with the influx of people coming into the county over the proposed build time. Gill Zella Martin 09
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5:10pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally I am referring to the number of planned dwellings over the next twenty years.
Incidentally I am referring to the number of planned dwellings over the next twenty years. Gill Zella Martin 09
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11:40am Wed 20 Feb 13

ucsweb says...

Is it worth losing all this land, which we will never get back, for such a small number of "affordable" homes?
Shouldn't the council be looking to get a greater percentage of rentable homes for the locals that need them?
Of course this is driven by greed not by need!
Is it worth losing all this land, which we will never get back, for such a small number of "affordable" homes? Shouldn't the council be looking to get a greater percentage of rentable homes for the locals that need them? Of course this is driven by greed not by need! ucsweb
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2:07pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Someone has to build the rented homes and to build rented alone is not financially viable to a developer i suppose, and Cornwall has to take the opportunity offered now or in twenty years time there will be an acute lack of housing for local needs people and it will be too late to address or keep up with the issue. Providing they address the provisions issues such as schools, dentists and Doctors places then I think they are doing the right thing in building. There are currently I believe about 27,000 people on the housing register.
Someone has to build the rented homes and to build rented alone is not financially viable to a developer i suppose, and Cornwall has to take the opportunity offered now or in twenty years time there will be an acute lack of housing for local needs people and it will be too late to address or keep up with the issue. Providing they address the provisions issues such as schools, dentists and Doctors places then I think they are doing the right thing in building. There are currently I believe about 27,000 people on the housing register. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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