You may remember in the previous incarnation of Cornwall Council a motion was passed to lobby the Government for a change in planning legislation which would require planning consent if a dwelling wishes to be used as a holiday let, or second home. The aim of this legislation is to bring in some control into Cornwall’s housing issues.
Letters were sent to the six Cornish MP’s, the Minister whose responsibility planning comes under, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister asking them to bring in this new legislation after it has been fully investigated.
To date, only two of Cornwall’s MP replied to the original letter. I am grateful to Dan Rogerson and Stephen Gilbert for their responses, and to Andrew George for his correspondence via email. It is very disappointing that the other three MP’s did not see fit to reply on this very important issue.
I am also grateful to Dan Rogerson for chasing the Minister for a response. The Council received this response on the 9th May via Dan Rogerson’s office. In that letter:
As you can see, the Minister is not supportive of the change in legislation, and sadly gives no real alternatives to helping address this issue raised by the Council. The only alternative given by the Minister, and one that really worries me, is to build more houses!
Yes, you could build more houses, but without any legislation, many of these new dwellings could be used as second homes and/or holiday lets. Which just adds to the pressure onto Cornwall’s housing. Furthermore, what happens when you run out of land to build on?
It is clear the Governments view on addressing the housing issue in Cornwall is to build more houses.