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30.9.12

Our Cornwall

Cornwall Council are planning another huge jump in the population of Cornwall over the next 20 years. Join us and oppose their plans to re-shape our land.. 

It's Our Cornwall is a site dedicated to safeguarding Cornwall's environment and defending its Cornishness. It stems from the dismay and frustration felt at the suburbanisation of Cornwall that has steamrollered over us since the 1960s. Its first aim is to encourage as many Cornish residents as possible to make their views known in Cornwall Council's Core Strategy/Local Plan consultation. (This page has been initiated by one of the authors of Cornwall at the Crossroads, published by the Cornish Social and Economic Research Group in 1989.)

 General information Twenty years ago in Cornwall at the Crossroads we called for a breathing space so that Cornwall and its communities could take stock and plan for a properly sustainable future. Yet high rates of housing and population growth carried on and since 2009 growth pressures in Cornwall have moved up a gear. Local groups have been fighting plans for large building projects from Camborne to Saltash. 

Now, even though the rate of population growth has slowed down since the 1980s, Cornwall Council want to push it back up again. Since the 1960s the population of Cornwall has grown by 56%. Yet the Council is planning another 48,000 to 60,000 houses dotted around Cornwall. In just 20 years. Over two thirds of these new houses are not needed for local people but will go to in-migrants or be bought as second homes. 

This will increase the built-up area of Cornwall by over 20% in just 20 years. A stable population policy aimed at local needs while still permitting 80% of current in-migration would require less than 13,000 new houses. 

The long-term consequences of such a rate of growth are nothing short of catastrophic. Acres of countryside will be lost, traffic congestion will get even worse, our natural resources will be irresponsibly consumed. And the current population of 532,000 - up from 340,000 in 1961 - will be verging on a million by the end of the century. Twice the current numbers and more than twice the present built-up area! This is the bleak future our Council is planning for us. 

This insane agenda has to be halted. A policy of population-led growth has been pursued since the 1960s. It has failed - economically, environmentally and culturally. But our politicians only promise more of the same inappropriate and unsustainable growth. 

It's surely time to say we've had enough. Local people feel they have little say in the future of Cornwall. The Council is committed to a strategy of housing growth that mortgages our future to serve the interests of up-country developers, large construction companies, landowners and supermarkets. Developer-led growth has to be replaced by democratic development, restoring to the people of Cornwall a sense of ownership over the future of our land. 

Click here for the Our Cornwall Facebook page. 

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