Housing Crisis

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In response to the Government's White Paper on Housing, John Healey - Shadow Secretary for Housing - said, "so if Theresa May wants to meet her pledges to the country, and to ‘just about managing families’ in particular, a big part of the answer is simple – let councils build more homes, as Labour has said.

And the simple way to do so is to remove the unwarranted restriction on councils’ capacity to do what private developers do in their position, and borrow to build. It’s what all councils do successfully and sensibly for capital investments other than housing. And it’s what the Chancellor conceded makes sense for the country in general in the recent Autumn Statement, when he said that funding infrastructure “from additional borrowing …is the responsible way to secure our economy for the long term”.

A Simple Answer to the Housing Crisis

In response to the Government's White Paper on Housing, John Healey - Shadow Secretary for Housing - said, "so if Theresa May wants to meet her pledges to the country,... Read more

Housing insecurity has a profound effect on every aspect of our society, increased anxiety of the workforce in the workplace, a derogatory impact on people’s mental health, instability for children and young people, a rising housing benefit bill, less money in people’s pockets to spend within their local economies. It’s very clear the Government needs to introduce regulators to ensure rental properties are of a good standard; to increase length of tenure; and most importantly of all, introduce a rent cap so that rents are affordable relative to the median average income of the local community.

We need rent capping

Housing insecurity has a profound effect on every aspect of our society, increased anxiety of the workforce in the workplace, a derogatory impact on people’s mental health, instability for children... Read more

The decision to raise the cap on student numbers at the Tremough Campus has been deferred until March.  Campaigners against University expansion breathed a sigh of relief. Reported in The Packet on Thursday 5 January 2017, Councillor Webber said his deferral was based on two points: "Further information on purpose built accommodation figures to improve the situation in Falmouth," and information "from the universities in regards to their business plans for the rim and hub." 

Cornwall Councillors defer student cap decision

The decision to raise the cap on student numbers at the Tremough Campus has been deferred until March.  Campaigners against University expansion breathed a sigh of relief. Reported in The... Read more

Notices have gone up around Falmouth. The Article 4 Direction means that anyone wishing to create a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) in the area it covers will have to apply for planning permission to convert a family home into an HMO. The Council will place a cap on the proportion of HMOs in any one street. 

Support the Article 4 Direction

Notices have gone up around Falmouth. The Article 4 Direction means that anyone wishing to create a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) in the area it covers will have to... Read more

Falmouth Town Council oppose University expansion

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Falmouth  is a great place to live and we need to ensure that everyone continues to enjoy our town and environment.  We are blessed to have a diverse economy – tourism and festivals, the Docks as well as our universities.

Let’s be clear, the universities have brought new jobs and prosperity to many in Falmouth but at a cost.  Family housing has been lost and many have been forced out of our town.  There can be noise and disruption.  Students prefer to be in our bustling and lively town but some keep somewhat different hours to the rest of us!

University expansion must be managed

Falmouth  is a great place to live and we need to ensure that everyone continues to enjoy our town and environment.  We are blessed to have a diverse economy – tourism and... Read more

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Artist's impression of Glasney Collegiate Church 1200's  Image © Shaun Broderick – www.kernow3d.com

Article by Sue Colenso

Falmouth has evolved as a town over 400 years. As a sea port it has had always had changing populations. In the past Falmouth and Penryn have had closer ties with overseas than with the rest of UK as transport was easier by sea. Consulates serving over 20 foreign countries and thriving synagogue in Falmouth's Packet Ship heyday.  Cornish have always had to travel abroad and up-country for work - economic migrants. Penryn had its own University - Glasney College in the Middle Ages. Look at local surnames and you will find many local families of Scandinavian, Dutch etc etc origin, many of them seafarers. In 1950's most families in town had relative(s) in Merchant or Royal Navy travelling the world, or working in the Docks.

Some Background Context to the University/Housing Dilemma

  Artist's impression of Glasney Collegiate Church 1200's  Image © Shaun Broderick – www.kernow3d.com Article by Sue Colenso Falmouth has evolved as a town over 400 years. As a sea port... Read more

The residents of St Ives have voted unanimously against desperately needed homes being used as second homes. A fifth of Homes in St Ives are used for this purpose. Many villages across Cornwall such as St Just in Roseland and St Merryn have already suffered from high levels of second home ownership.

St Ives Referendum

The residents of St Ives have voted unanimously against desperately needed homes being used as second homes. A fifth of Homes in St Ives are used for this purpose. Many... Read more

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Housing Crisis letter to the Leader of Cornwall Council

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"The meeting, which was organised after a consultation on proposals last week [for the Rosslyn Hotel site development of 125 rooms for students], drew residents who were concerned about plans for the site. They were also angry about the rate of expansion of the university within the town and concerns that locals were being driven out of the housing market." W B Huw West Briton 26/03/2016



University has gone to far and need to consult with local population

"The meeting, which was organised after a consultation on proposals last week [for the Rosslyn Hotel site development of 125 rooms for students], drew residents who were concerned about plans...

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