"Nimbys" to blame for affordable housing shortage?
A CORNISH MP has rejected claims that the lack of affordable housing in the south west is a result of nimbyism.
Andrew George said that the affordable housing shortage in Cornwall could not be linked with a "not in my back yard" attitude in the county.
The South West Housing Initiative has claimed that a nimby attitude to new housing developments had led to the lack of affordable homes.
Mr George said that this was not the case in Cornwall and has long argued that large scale development in the Duchy is not the right way to deliver affordable housing.
Last October he met with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears MP, to urge the Government not to press ahead with plans to force 70,000 new homes on Cornwall over the next 20 years.
In his response to the regional spatial strategy Mr George highlighted that Cornwall has been one of the fastest growing areas over the last 40 years but its affordable housing problem had increased.
He said: "If there is one thing that Cornwall cannot by accused of it is nimbyism. For the last 40 years only Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire have grown faster. Our housing stock has more than doubled but our housing problems have got worse.
"Allowing Cornwall to carry on being a developers' paradise will do nothing to help the deep seated housing problems of locals."