Wednesday, Aug 02, 2006

CPRE is peddling myths about increasing housing supply

BBC News: Housing threat to green belt land

A selfish and one sided view of the negative effects of increasing the housing supply over time. The anonymous BBC editor wades in with their own opinion dressed up as fact by labelling the efforts to increase housing stock as "a threat" to the environment. The articles correct title should actually be "CPRE environmental claims ridiculed", but it's the BBC, and it's their editors own "investments" that would be under threat from this.

Posted by paul @ 12:07 PM (461 views)
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1. sebastian said...

Wow, look at the urban areas on that picture, they're everywhere!! Real shortgage of land there..

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 01:01PM Report Comment

2. Cstanhope said...

One day I am going to meet an Environmentalist, that does not live in a semi detatched in Surrey or who are not still at University and will walk into a nice new flat in London brought for them by mummy and daddy, but I might see an honest politician first.
This web site is fantastic finally a voice for rational thought. The above article highlights why I hate the Green Party, we are told how there is no place to build anymore for example in Kent yet, I travel through miles and miles of open country on my way down there to visit my relatives.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 01:04PM Report Comment

3. Sloth said...

Most environmentalists are melons. A thin skin of green, but red to the core.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 02:41PM Report Comment

4. uncle chris said...

Cstan - you can still enjoy travel through open countryside because the green belt has been so strongly protected. If people give up that fight - and yes it is a fight - then we end up with the nightmare scenario of villages merging into towns, then merging into cities and before you know it you have endless suburbs similar to those seen in California - just goto Milton Keynes if you want a reality check. Much as you may hate environmentalists, they actually do have you and your descendent's best interests in mind for the longer term - they are just looking at a bigger and less self-centred picture.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 05:59PM Report Comment

5. Delboypass said...

how is it self centred chris?? all we want is a house to live in that doesnt cost us our freedom from living...
If the UK Government wants to let 500,000 immigrants (legal or otherwise) into teh UK then they need to make provisions in terms of housing / schooling / NHS to accomodate all these additional people.

Take a plane ride over the UK. It is 95% countryside.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 06:13PM Report Comment

6. inbreda said...

Cstan - I've just done a fart that made more sense than you. Although like you, it intentionally damaged the environment. My eyes are still watering as a result.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 06:59PM Report Comment

7. indiablue19 said...

One place the whole scenario is put on view is in Ireland. The South is going for all out construction on an insane scale. Cheap stuff row on row and in every direction. Four lane highways at 80 miles an hour right through the cow pies. Talk about incongruous.

It's an absolute crime being perpetrated for the obvious benefit of investors who live somewhere else and just collect the profits. If you'd have seen Ireland even as little as three years ago you'd like to sit down and cry at the sight of it being paved over. People in the South are blaming it on entrance to the EU, but the EU never influenced anyone to reek destruction on the their own landscape so far as I am aware.

When you cross the border into the North, you have the sudden feeling of serenity, oddly enough. It's the fact that, although the North may have suffered other problems, the landscape hasn't been ravaged because it's under the auspices of a government that believes in the opposite. With all its sudden wealth, the Irish Republic is making no sense at all of planning and preserving nothing meaningful of its once lovely countryside for future generations. Let's NOT follow the sad example just for expediency sake. If you want to see the results, it's just a ferry ride to have a look.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 09:16PM Report Comment

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