PUBLISHED: 11:37 02 December 2011
I look with astonishment at local headlines claiming 'victory' against plans for thousands of new homes. This is because, in reality, it is still going to be a total environmental and social disaster.
I believe the projected figures for housing are initially being pitched far too high by councils in order to give concerned members of the public a feeling of victory when they see these reduced.
Firstly, there are thousands of homes on the market in all of these areas that cannot be sold. How, then, do the developers and councils expect the new ones to fair any better in the current economic conditions?
In reality, the whole destructive scheme is being rolled out in order to give a shot-in-the-arm to the economy and its wealthy investors. Do we want our country to be ruined forever in order to implement this insane plan?
Thousands of extra cars and pollution, further strains on already exhausted energy and water supplies, pushing up prices. Massive pressures on local services and more noise and light pollution, for what?
How long do the planners want to expand for? How much space do they think we have on a small over-populated island?
The Bank of England has now printed billions of extra pounds in its quantitative easing policy. However, this money, given to the banks, has not been redirected to the areas needed. It is, instead, flowing to the developers in order to implement a building programme more destructive than any other seen before.
How many places can we go to without the sound of cars and lorries? It is very few and will be getting far less very soon. What benefits will you and I derive from this irresponsible and destructive course of action?