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Housing Vote: 47,500 New Homes for Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:34pm 14th January 2014. (Updated at 3:22pm 14th January 2014)

More help for people to get on the property ladder or concreting over Cornwall?

Cornwall Council has decided how many new homes should be built in the Duchy over the next 20 years.

Councillors have voted in favour of a plan for 47,500.

Amie from Penzance tells Pirate FM moving to a bigger place has made a big difference to her family: "Exhausting. None of us are well. Our health has suffered from it. The kids are just, from having a bigger house, you can see the change in them. They weren't happy in the other house, it was too small; there wasn't anywhere to move.

"Stop sitting at tables and writing things down and going through paperwork and stuff like that. They need to go and visit these people and find out what they need the help with.

"It was just absolutely horrific. The children, their development's changed completely. They're ahead now of what they should be, if not on target."

Some councillors put forward a lower figure of 30 thousand which had support from Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton: "I want to make sure that they're really backed up by the minister and the planning inspectors so that proper consideration can be taken of Cornwall's unique environment.

"Get the balance right between building more homes and bringing empty homes back into occupation for people in Cornwall that desperately need a decent home that they can genuinely afford but without concreting over our precious natural environment."

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