Monday, August 16, 2010

Re what Uncle Tom said on Rightmove thread

Voting on new home schemes 'could tear villages apart'

Uncle Tom: "I do hope Grant Shapps recognises the imperative of cutting through the environmental red tape; in pursuit of getting more homes built.". Fat chance: "Government plans to hold local referendums on new housing schemes in England could tear village communities apart, rural campaigners have said. They say plans to require 80-90% of local people to approve new building schemes in villages would create conflict and bring projects to a halt..."

Posted by mark wadsworth @ 10:37 AM (3401 views)
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15 thoughts on “Re what Uncle Tom said on Rightmove thread

  • mark wadsworth says:

    I’ve noticed that too.

    When a supermarket opens, the area usually becomes unfit for human habitation, which is why most supermarkets are surrounded by empty houses and shops for miles around. One of the first things a potential buyer should check out is whether there is a supermarket within a mile or so of the house, and if there is, to avoid buying that house at all costs.

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  • smarta&&

    what i was meaning by it, was it is the same as tescos in liverpool, the local community want to stay local, they want local shops, they dont want big stores, this then damages communities by taking away that local feel and community feel, go into any local shop people will be chatting go into a supermarket and they will be low paid workers, no-one is talking, people are rude pushing trollies into you, why is this MW?
    Also do you not want to support your local farms and shops who will benefit the local community more than a giant company raking in profits and paying the least amount of tax possible, maybe using offshore havens to hide property and ownership of local properties to stop competition..

    M “tescos” W views on why you think supermarkets are good for a community? When so many people fight against them

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  • Actually MW i have just looked, around an area where a supermarket distribution centre was built there is a very high number of properties for sale, wonder why? As you look further out there are less, the high concentration of for sale appears to be within a mile of the place..

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  • In the village where I live there’s quite a lot of enthusiasm for this scheme, but we’re waiting for the govt to publish the fine detail before moving ahead.

    Essentially, the facilities in the village are all showing their age, and the recreation ground is notoriously stoney. Many houses lack parking space, the pub is struggling, and we are in danger of losing the post office.

    Solution: Sell the rec. for housing and buy a better field on the other side of the village to replace it. Use the money to build a new village hall, youth centre and scout hut, plus first class sports facilities at the new recreation ground. Give every house that doesn’t have an off street parking space a place to park.

    Increasing the size of the village will provide extra trade for the shops and pub, and we should have enough money left over to wipe out the parish precept almost indefinitely.

    The only thing we’re worried about is the idea of having to get an 80 or 90% vote in favour – it’s too high. 70% is manageable.

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  • UT if MW had his way Tescos would fill your village..lol

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  • “There should always be a strong sense of preserving the character and charm of village life and ensure that identity which has been built up over consecutive generations comes before 21st century mod cons”

    That’s the urban NIMBY view – the real villagers are hoping a bigger village will persuade a Chinese restaurant to open up.. 😉

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  • The people who live in St Ives would like a higher percentage of people of houses to be lived in year round. We don’t need more houses built, just more houses lived in. There is a shortage of full time residents in the town.

    The wider area needs a few more homes, but we don’t need or want them crammed on the edge of our densely packed towns. There is plenty of space between the towns for a few smallish clusters of houses (3-6 houses in a cluster). No one would notice they were there.

    The main problem is that people think the UK is overcrowded and overdeveloped, so resist any attempt to build on open spaces. This propaganda was repeated last night on the secret britain program which referred to cracks of open space in the crowded south.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    PON, 12, land value tax will sort out all the vacant properties. If we introduced that, we probably wouldn’t need to build another house for about ten years (apart from social housing), as we’d jsut shuffle about a bit until all houses are fully occupied.

    PS, today is my day for annoying people.

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  • LVT never going to happen so stop harping on…lol

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Mark, of course it’s never going to happen.

    We will never have LVT, we will never slim down the state to “front line workers” only, we will never get rid of NIMBYs, we will never get rid of “local shopkeepers” who don’t want competition, we will never leave the EU or legalise drugs or stop bailing out the banks.

    All these vested interests will be stamping the small minority of non-rent seekers in the face for all eternity. If you bracket out all the VIs, subsidy junkies, corporatists etc, it’s about a fifth of the UK population subsidising the rest.

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  • Yet when the majority speak the councils or governments don’t listen…

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  • I don’t know why second home owners are not made to pay the full amount of council tax on their properties. This might help to level the playing field a little (in the absence of LVT which may happen at a later date). I agree it’s a scandal if lovely places like St Ives are full of cottages which are for the most part empty while local FTBs are priced out.

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  • Mark W,

    Not all supermarkets are so bad. I wouldn’t want to live next door to a large one, but smaller scale supermarkets (e.g. Tesco Metro) are very convenient and I personally find it very useful living near one. I don’t think they particularly suck the life out of the local community, unless you like paying over the odds for basics. The money I save by shopping at the supermarket is spent on other local businesses instead. Independent corner shops are a dying business model, just like record shops.

    Issues about monosopistic practices and over-dominance of one supermarket in a town should be dealt with by the Competition Commission, who (in my opinion) have failed terribly to quell the dominance of the big chains.

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  • [email protected]

    Indeed. It is the urban dwellers and holiday home letters who want to preserve villages in aspic. Villagers (as in village dwellers) want development, jobs, a chinese takeaway, a marks and spencers and hey even a spearmint rhinos (or equivalent) tucked away in a side street.

    Some here may think I’m joking.

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