Planning and Housing Estimates

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:18 am on 25th June 2008.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives 11:18 am, 25th June 2008

I accept that the Minister is constrained in what he can say, but does he accept my primary point that despite all the growth, we cannot build our way out of this housing crisis simply by heaping thousands of houses in an area such as Cornwall? Why does he not adopt an approach similar to that which has been permitted by the Government on the Isles of Scilly? That is not a market-led approach, because that would mean that locals would not stand a chance of buying most properties. Instead it is a need-led approach. Why can that approach not be used?