In the summer of 2012 three local campaign groups Trelawney Alliance at Camborne, Truro Concern and SOUL at St Austell joined with CoSERG (the Cornish Social and Economic Research Group) and other concerned individuals. Our aim was simple. We were horrified by Cornwall Councils short-sighted hyper-growth strategy which locks us into another spiral of housing and population growth.
More houses and more people is nothing new in Cornwall. Since the 1960s the built up area has more than doubled and our population has grown three times faster than England and four times faster than that of Wales. Despite this we have not solved our housing or economic problems. We think that sacrificing our countryside and destroying the things that make Cornwall special on this scale for such a meagre return is far too high a price to pay.
At the current rate of growth we are well on the road to doubling the population of Cornwall by the end of this century. We believe this is unsustainable and call for a healthier, more balanced approach to Cornwall’s future that recognises we live in a finite land and that population growth has limits.
Furthermore, there is very little public debate about this million people plus strategy. Cornwall is being sold from under our feet with no democratic debate. Do we want the place to become a developers’ paradise? Or is it time to say enough is enough? We must subject Cornwall Councils strategy to open debate. It’s our Cornwall and our children’s Cornwall and their children’s Cornwall. Its up to us to save Cornwall. No one else can.
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