MP calls for 'housing need not developers' greed' at Gulval meeting

MP calls for 'housing need not developers' greed' at Gulval meeting

MP calls for 'housing need not developers' greed' at Gulval meeting

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MP Andrew George has said that “local housing need should come before developers’ greed” follwoing a packed meeting called to discuss development plans for Gulval.

Mr George had been invited to the meeting in Gulval Village Hall called by the Gulval Village Community Association to explain the background to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and his approach to planning and housing matters at a national level.

Mr George said: “Building hundreds of houses around the village of Gulval is part of the problem, not part of the solution to the housing crisis which Cornwall faces.

“Cornwall is one of the fastest growing places in the United Kingdom. Cornwall’s housing stock has more than doubled in the last 40 years yet the housing problems of locals have got significantly worse. Simply building thousands more houses may satisfy the desire of developers but it does precious little good in meeting the desperate housing needs of local families.

“By indicating that every scrap of land around a village like Gulval has development potential there’s very little chance of being able to bring forward affordable homes to meet the desperate local housing need. The hope value on all land in the area will skyrocket. No-one can build affordable housing in those conditions.”

The Gulval Village Community Association officers presented the current state of play and proposals which they were aware of to the public meeting prior to forthcoming public consultation on a number of proposals which are being brought forward, including Cornwall Council’s Local Plan.

 

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12:28pm Tue 25 Feb 14

charlieone says...

|Now we have an MP standing up for the people on Housing, but does he not know that some Officers to Councillors have been having secret talks with Developers at County hall, meetings in which one Developer said he did not want the Public to read about Pre-Applications on the County's web-site.
Land already sussed out for development what they call Top Desk survey in which many have been okayed by these officers and councillors does the MP not do his homework or is this an election campaign for next year.
Many MP's and Councillor have second homes in Cornwall which they don't want you to know about, they don't want to declare them either.
Gulval is not the only Town who is suffering with with all these Developers moving in, after all said and done they were invited by the Council with the blessing of the Government.
All of these Developers say the same thing and quote " we cannot Afford to build for the local people " threaten us with Appeals to get what they want.
Midas, LInden Homes, Cavanna c/o L Butler, Persimmons just to name a few all on the band wagon to make as much money as possible with the backing of Cornwall Council and the Government.
Luxury Housing for those that can afford to pay whilst Apartments like rabbit hutches for our people.
Then there is the HMO landlord who refuse to take in our local families because they make more money by renting to the student whilst not paying a penny to the economy of Cornwall whilst the local population pays for all the free services they get.
This MP may stand up for his area but what about the rest of us who are being bullied into submission in support of these Developers who were ivited by the Council since 2006.
|Now we have an MP standing up for the people on Housing, but does he not know that some Officers to Councillors have been having secret talks with Developers at County hall, meetings in which one Developer said he did not want the Public to read about Pre-Applications on the County's web-site. Land already sussed out for development what they call Top Desk survey in which many have been okayed by these officers and councillors does the MP not do his homework or is this an election campaign for next year. Many MP's and Councillor have second homes in Cornwall which they don't want you to know about, they don't want to declare them either. Gulval is not the only Town who is suffering with with all these Developers moving in, after all said and done they were invited by the Council with the blessing of the Government. All of these Developers say the same thing and quote " we cannot Afford to build for the local people " threaten us with Appeals to get what they want. Midas, LInden Homes, Cavanna c/o L Butler, Persimmons just to name a few all on the band wagon to make as much money as possible with the backing of Cornwall Council and the Government. Luxury Housing for those that can afford to pay whilst Apartments [ just flats] like rabbit hutches for our people. Then there is the HMO landlord who refuse to take in our local families because they make more money by renting to the student whilst not paying a penny to the economy of Cornwall whilst the local population pays for all the free services they get. This MP may stand up for his area but what about the rest of us who are being bullied into submission in support of these Developers who were ivited by the Council since 2006. charlieone
  • Score: -3

1:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Landlords pay business rates which the council benefits from and there're no "free services", the council gets paid for the council tax that students don't pay. "This MP may stand up for his own area but what about the rest of us" What's the matter with lobbying your own MP for your area, MP Andrew George is not out there alone.
It doesn't matter what developers don't want put on the CC website because the information will still be available to the public.
We all know I would think that many MPs and Cllrs have second homes, its been common knowledge for years.
The building might not be right for Gulval but if you stopped all building everywhere we would never get any affordable homes.
Landlords pay business rates which the council benefits from and there're no "free services", the council gets paid for the council tax that students don't pay. "This MP may stand up for his own area but what about the rest of us" What's the matter with lobbying your own MP for your area, MP Andrew George is not out there alone. It doesn't matter what developers don't want put on the CC website because the information will still be available to the public. We all know I would think that many MPs and Cllrs have second homes, its been common knowledge for years. The building might not be right for Gulval but if you stopped all building everywhere we would never get any affordable homes. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 5

7:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

charlieone says...

Forgive me but from listening to many Landlords I have found that hardly any pay buisness rates and the councils only get money from the Government from renting to Students but this C.County has no idea how much they have lost as they don't know how many houses have been turned into HMO's so cannot get the right amount back from the Government. This is why we need a National Register on all secondhomes to Landlords.
You can fight the developer as much as you want but at the end of the Day it is us who pay when the Government Inspector at Bristol gives them the Okay so they win on both accounts but it is us who pay in the long run.
Government say we must build more for the local people but the Developers say they can't afford to, If the Developer was just building for the people then it would be a different story all round and that it where the Greed of Developers comes into it. They build nice big homes for Buying but tiny little Hutches for our people calling them Apartments is that what you want for your Grandkids and only one Bedroom to boot.
Forgive me but from listening to many Landlords I have found that hardly any pay buisness rates and the councils only get money from the Government from renting to Students but this C.County has no idea how much they have lost as they don't know how many houses have been turned into HMO's so cannot get the right amount back from the Government. This is why we need a National Register on all secondhomes to Landlords. You can fight the developer as much as you want but at the end of the Day it is us who pay when the Government Inspector at Bristol gives them the Okay so they win on both accounts but it is us who pay in the long run. Government say we must build more for the local people but the Developers say they can't afford to, If the Developer was just building for the people then it would be a different story all round and that it where the Greed of Developers comes into it. They build nice big homes for Buying but tiny little Hutches for our people calling them Apartments is that what you want for your Grandkids and only one Bedroom to boot. charlieone
  • Score: 1

7:27pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Fair point, I agree there should be a national register and Falmouth's problem I think is that it has over its fair share of multiple occupancies, the council gets money from the government to cover the council tax the students don't pay but it's no excuse I think to have over your share of HMOs, has nothing happened about an article 4?
Fair point, I agree there should be a national register and Falmouth's problem I think is that it has over its fair share of multiple occupancies, the council gets money from the government to cover the council tax the students don't pay but it's no excuse I think to have over your share of HMOs, has nothing happened about an article 4? Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 7

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