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A secret Whitehall report recommending that two new cities are built in southern England to combat the housing shortage is being suppressed by David Cameron, The Telegraph can disclose.

The document was drawn up after the Prime Minister gave a speech supporting the idea nearly two years ago. It was described this week by Nick Clegg, his deputy, as a “prospectus” for future developments.

But it has languished in a Whitehall office since it was written, with officials said to be in a “panic” about whether it should be made public.

On Friday night, Mr Cameron was accused by senior Liberal Democrats of suppressing the report and displaying a “Nimby attitude” through fear of a backlash in Tory heartlands ahead of the general election.

Conservatives are also understood to be concerned that the creation of new cities could lead to Labour voters moving into safe shire constituencies, diluting traditional Tory support.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10564713/Two-new-garden-cities-for-southern-England-in-secret-Tory-plan.html

Well this is intriguing. Two new cities, instead of more building on existing peripheries. Whether it's a good idea or not is debatable. There are plenty of affordable houses in various Northern towns right now. But people don't want to live in them due to lack of jobs and other reasons. Will new cities fare that much better?

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Interesting article. Thanks.

I'd expect the Telegraph to create a narrative showing the Libs as unreliable partners in coalition, but this is sympathetic to them and puts pressure on Cameron. The reason for the PM's caution is not made clear - is the threat to the Tories on this issue just from NIMBY votes, or does UKIP play a part?

Also confirms that Libs at the top are feeling pressure from party activists over housing policy, which was bloody obvious at their last conference.

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Yet again no facts or figures. Just two New Garden Cities. Welwyn size? Where are the secret Garden Cities going to be located.

How much of the increasing population are they going to accommodate. In the last 13 years the UK population increased by well over 4 million and about 1.3 million new properties were built - a pathetic response. What about the future numbers.

After people have voted in the eu and general elections the secret plans will be reneged on. They're secret you see.

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Conservatives are also understood to be concerned that the creation of new cities could lead to Labour voters moving into safe shire constituencies, diluting traditional Tory support.

:blink::lol:

So we can build on Britains sacred fields provided you promise not to vote Labour.

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What a brilliant idea.....the building of new towns, how long will it take to implement? another 50 years?.....nothing ever gets done any more, only lots of money wasted arguing about it. :huh:

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The document was completed more than a year ago, and has been “sat on” in the department ever since, according to Liberal Democrat sources.

One said: “It is a blueprint to say that the rules of the NPPF allow us to do this. The best thing to do rather than build all over the green belt is to build a city.”

Except that as the population increases by more and more millions then even "a city" or a new city has to spread out.

That's why the existing cities can't cope already and new (secret) cities are being planned.

That's apart from all the extra infrastructure (roads, rail, airports, electricity pylons etc etc ) needed to supply a new city - and at any rate shouldn't it have been "The best thing to do rather than build all over the green belt is to build two cities.”" . That's what they say they're planning - in secret of course.

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City livers have to both work and live in ever over crowded situations......the rich who object can enjoy open, green, quiet living and dense work places, best of both worlds.....do they care that town dwellers suffer over building when they can escape to their own ideal safe sanctuaries? :blink:

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A centrally planned housing market. Genius.

Bored of repeating brown's mistakes, now they're copying the soviet politburo's.

Tories always have been socialists when it comes to the landowning class. No surprises here.

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Maynard Friedman.

Love it, though I think the town of Friedman Maynard has more of a ring to it.

Or perhaps rather than famous economists, we could have Governors of the Bank of England :

King Carney

Leigh-Pemberton George

Houblon Carney

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Love it, though I think the town of Friedman Maynard has more of a ring to it.

Or perhaps rather than famous economists, we could have Governors of the Bank of England :

King Carney

Leigh-Pemberton George

Houblon Carney

Fiddling-by-Osbrown?

Doubling-down?

Edited by (Blizzard)

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Love it, though I think the town of Friedman Maynard has more of a ring to it.

Or perhaps rather than famous economists, we could have Governors of the Bank of England :

King Carney

Leigh-Pemberton George

Houblon Carney

Gono Havenstein

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Seeing as he was brought in by the Conservatives they might as well go the whole hog with Con Carney.

It would be apt on so many levels.

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Martingale and Paroli.

'Eh martingale, Paroli, get in here'

'Wha'd'ya want boss?'

'The mayors all over my ass about that mess you made downtown.'

'Yeah, that pencil pushing sonofabitch, what the hell does he know?'

'Listen Paroli, when the Mayor gets in my ass, I don't like it. I'm gonna be in your ass goddamn it!'

'Come on boss, you want results? You think one of the Mayors goddamn comittees is gonna take down a slimball like Scarponi?'

'You shut your smart mouth Martingale, or I'll have your ass behind a desk. We need results, evidence,

not a bunch of stiffs bleeding all over a goddam Catholic orphanage!. You listening to me goddamit?'

Edited by (Blizzard)

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Grantley Shapps

Michael's Green

Corinne Stockheath (can't be confused with any persons living or deceased)

Edited by R K

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