Fund affordable homes with a levy on second homes and holiday lets in Cornwall
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Although we welcome people's passion for our county, we wish for those buying a holiday home in Cornwall to contribute a little more to alleviate the housing crisis faced by many areas of our community.
Some villages are becoming ghost towns in the winter, with parishes such as St Minver and St John having a proportion of second homes over 40%. The ability of those from outside the county on better wages to buy homes at inflated prices is driving up the price of property to unaffordable levels for local people, and thus driving up rent costs.
We believe that local authorities, including Cornwall Council, should be given the power to place an additional levy on second homes used as holiday homes and holiday lets. This money would be used to build genuinely affordable homes for local residents.
We also believe that, in order to control the growing number of second homes in our community, changing a primary residence (lived in full time) to a holiday home or holiday let should be subject to planning controls.
We call on our MPs to persuade the Government to enact these policies.
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