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MP warns on housing policy

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

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NORTH Cornwall's MP Dan Rogerson has urged the Government not to relax planning rules about affordable homes in Cornwall.

The coalition is attempting to boost housebuilding in a bid to revive the economy.

Mr Rogerson has been urging the Government to expand its housebuilding programme and, with interest rates low, to prioritise investment in public housing.

However, responding to a statement in the Commons by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, he argued that any relaxation of rules on affordable housing should be done on a case-by-case basis rather than applying a one-size-fits- all approach.

"While the extra investment in housing is a welcome and much-needed step to help get the economy moving, we need to make absolutely sure that this is to the benefit of local people," said Mr Rogerson.

"In Cornwall, housebuilding must result in extra affordable homes for local people to rent or buy. A situation where new houses are unaffordable for local people or end up increasing the numbers of second homes in our communities would be totally unacceptable.

"New housebuilding schemes must prioritise affordable housing for local people in areas such as ours where it's desperately needed, so that we can see benefits not only to the economy, but for local people too."

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  • D-Head  |  September 17 2012, 11:47AM

    Well, we stopped buying Dyson the moment that company moved out of the UK. Mind you, we're now buying the equivalent made in China or somewhere out that way. I think we need a change of mindset - buy British because, ultimately, we all benefit. Actually Big_Ger, I generally find myself agreeing with most of what you have to say. There will always be the odd fine detail to disagree on but on the whole I think we are in the same party (UKIP).

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  • Big_Ger  |  September 17 2012, 10:14AM

    Thanks for the sensible reply D-Head. I do not disagree with most of what you have said. However it wood be impossible to force someone to keep their manufacturing base in the UK.

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  • D-Head  |  September 17 2012, 9:39AM

    Big-Ger. For a start we could stop manufacturers sending their production lines abroad (mainly Asia) to save money. Then we could open up our coal mines and start providing electricity that manufacturing could afford. At the moment energy costs in this country are so high, thanks to the feed-in-tariff, that it is cheaper to ship goods into this country rather than make them here ourselves. We could locate 'call centres' in the UK and not in India. That puts spending money in the pocket of British citizens to buy British made goods. We import about 50% of the food we consume. With farmland covered in new housing we'll be importing even more food. Building houses does not solve employment/recession issues. Rather it delays the crunch for another few years - the sort of short-termism that has bedevilled this country for the last three decades.

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  • Big_Ger  |  September 17 2012, 9:20AM

    D-Head, how do you suggest we "revive our manufacturing base"? Do you not think that if there were money to be made in manufacturing enterprises, then entrepreneurs would have snapped up the chances.

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  • youngcornwall  |  September 17 2012, 8:55AM

    Flood the market I say, build and build again, preferably with council type housing for rent and Not to buy, this will help the economy and also give a roof over the heads for those who needs them. We will always have the higher end of the market for those who think they deserve something better, let's make sure those who need a home of their own get one this time around, so we can say something good has come out of this recession, even if we come out of it or go deeper in.

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  • D-Head  |  September 16 2012, 10:11PM

    The whole idea of building ourselves out of recession is as stupid as the people promoting it. Has it escaped their notice that the countries in most trouble, Greece, Eireland, Spain etc., etc., are the ones that have seen the most housebuilding in recent years? The UK house market has ground to a standstill as people wait to see which way the economy is going. A glut of cheap houses will only bring house prices in general down so that thousands will find themselves in negative equity. Just the sort of thing you want in a recession! The only answer is to revive our manufacturing base destroyed in the 1980s by one Margaret Hilda Thatcher. Something you definitely won't hear the Tories talking about. Having destroyed our manufacturing base, shut down our coal mines (while still importing coal from China!!) the ConDems now want to destroy what is left of our countryside.

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  • PaddyTrembath  |  September 15 2012, 1:02AM

    At the turn of the nineteenth century, the Americans believed that "rain follows the plow". It seems that here many are of the opinion that "economic recovery follows the trowel". Watch out for a new generation of Okies!

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