Cornwall will get 81,000 new housing units after the government implements the proposed changes in the planning system. Over the next two decades, the county will benefit from the government’s plan of building new house units across the country.
According to the Ministry of Housing officials, the government is proposing establishment of standard housing units across England. The government is targeting people who are unable to rent or purchase houses that are offered by the private developers and the middle-class population.
The government has partnered with Lichfield Planning Consultants to offer expert advice on planning and implementation of the proposed changes in the planning system. According to Lichfield, Cornwall will get 4054 new housing units annually. This means that the county will have over 81,000 new housing units by 2040.
Initially, Cornwall was to get 2625 units annually according to the existing local plan (2010-2030). However, with the proposed changes fronted by the government, the number will almost be doubled.
Mebyon Kernow leader Cole Dick welcomed the move by the government as it would help address the housing problem in the county.
However, planning leaders at the council have opposed the proposed changes to the existing plan. They argued that the government has set the number too high, making it unrealistic to achieve in 20 years.
According to Cllr Tim Dwelly, the government allowed the developers to include high-cost housing units in the new plan and this could lock out some people in Cornish villages who cannot afford to purchase such expensive units.
Additionally, Cllr Dwelly noted that the timing is unthinkable because the country is grappling with serious issues such as coronavirus pandemic and massive job losses. Therefore, the project should be halted, and some funds diverted towards addressing the current issues in the country.