Planning Minister says “elderly are to blame for housing crisis”

24 Oct

Story here

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/10403390/Elderly-to-blame-for-housing-crisis-indicates-minister.html

East Devon has one of the highest elderly populations in the country.

Many of our parish, town, district and county councillors are elderly.  So, are our elderly councillors even more to blame!

An extract from the article:

“Sir Tony Baldry, MP for Banbury, said a development had been allowed on greenbelt land in his constituency after Mr Boles approved an appeal by developers, against the wishes of the local council.

“What the Secretary of State has allowed is a first-come, first served policy, with planning permission given to whichever developers happen to get their applications in first. This is planning anarchy,” he said.

Martin Horwood, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham, said his town had been hit by unfairly high housing targets because of “insatiable” demand from housebuyers who want to send their children to good local schools.

But Mr Boles insisted his housing targets are too low for Britain’s growing population, and councils must be forced by Whitehall to prepare for newcomers.”

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One Response to “Planning Minister says “elderly are to blame for housing crisis””

  1. Show and Tell October 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Mr. Boles seems to be blaming ‘great grandparents’ for living too long. In particular familes of ‘four generations’ who don’t all want to live together. I wonder if he has spoken to the Queen about this!

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