Dr Bernard Deacon's provides a much needed analysis of housing and population growth in Cornwall:
'Going West: Housing, migration and population growth in Cornwall'
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"Cornwall continues to experience severe development pressures. On the edge of most Cornish towns the JCBs are hard at work building new houses. These are often accompanied by supermarkets, hotels, parking spaces and access roads. Helter-skelter growth is transforming the Cornish coast into a ribbon of gentrified enclaves, sacrificed to 'lifestyle Cornwall' and half empty in winter. Meanwhile inland, in life-struggle Cornwall, densely packed apartments and dreary identikit housing estates suburbanise Cornwall's old market towns. As the countryside is nibbled away, familiar landscapes vanish. And not just physical landscapes. Most new estates come with names more appropriate to the Home Counties than homes in Cornwall. In short, the Cornishness of Cornwall is under threat, a precious heritage placed in jeopardy by the onward march of the developers, most of whom seem to be based well to the east of the Tamar."
Bernard Deacon says "Going West is in the public domain so you are welcome to share any of the data or text as you think fit."
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