Boris Johnson says everyone wants to live and have second homes in Cornwall

Are any of Boris Johnson’s children working and looking for housing in Cornwall?

There are approximately 3.7 million households in the South East. There are approximately 277,000 households in Cornwall. If just 7.5% of households in the South East exercised their “right to a second home” they would create a demand equal to the current housing capacity of Cornwall.

Can Cornwall really build, build, build its way out of this on “brownfield sites” as BoJo seems to think?

[Cranbrook is built on Grade 1 agricultural land] – Owl

Evie Townend www.cornwalllive.com

Boris Johnson has said that Cornwall’s “trouble” is its growing popularity as more people chose to live and holiday in the county. The Prime Minister was interviewed about the housing crisis when he joined Prince Charles and Camilla with a surprise visit to the Royal Cornwall Show on its second day today (June 10).

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Johnson spoke about the “imaginative” measures that Cornwall Council are implementing to address the inadequate and insecure housing situations faced by many. However, he was interrupted by the interviewer when he said the “trouble” is that more and more people are wanting to reside and visit the county.

He said: “Of course the trouble is everyone wants to live in Cornwall, everyone wants their second homes in Cornwall.”

This was met with the interviewer commenting that people who live in Cornwall already were struggling to live in the county. She said: “Yes, but the people who live in Cornwall want to be able to live in Cornwall.”

In the interview, Mr Johnson spoke about the need for local people to be supported buying and owning properties by ensuring the tax system differentiates and supports them. He said: “Yes that’s exactly right. I’m sorry to say we’ve got to look at ways of differentiating and making sure that we use the tax system to support people growing up in Cornwall so that they have a right to buy and own here as well.”

He also spoke of the housing development schemes that are already under way in Cornwall, speaking of the council’s “balanced” approach in ensuring that brownfield sites are developed, rather than using further greenfield sites.

Boris said: “Cornwall Council has got some very imaginative schemes to help local people get the housing they need by supporting them – Conservative run-Cornwall Council. But what we’re also trying to do is make sure there’s a balance in the way we approach it.

“I’ve seen some fantastic developments here in Cornwall, on disused brownfield sites, real opportunities for developments without destroying green field sites. But what we have to do is make sure local that people have the chance to own that and to buy.”

Moving on to the topic of farming, he said that it was important for the farming community to be supported “in everyway possible” as the UK gets to grips with live outside the EU.

“What I want to see, in this time of uncertainty, is us producing more of the food that we eat certainly in our own country and eating more of the food we produce.”