Memo to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities:
At 13.8% over ten years East Devon has the highest growth for any local authority in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, or Dorset and second only to Trowbridge in the South West Region which also includes Gloucester and Wiltshire.
It is higher than the population growth of the cities of Bristol (10.3%), Exeter (11.1%) or Plymouth with a paltry (3.2%).
It is more than twice the average for England and Wales, at 6.3%.
This is also well above the average of 8.3% increase from 2011 for the East of England, the region with the highest population growth.
Why did our local Tories do this?
Obviously a few landowners have made a killing, but our district has become more congested. We have lost valuable grade 1 agricultural land. We have lost hospitals and hospital beds.
Where are the benefits? What has a grateful government done to support us?
Has this provided affordable houses for local people?
Surely we have “done our bit” – Owl
For details and interactive map see this ONS site.