Government offers money to ‘mitigate’ against second-homes

Just before Christmas the Government made an announcement that it had created a fund to help those areas will a high number of second-homes. The funding is allocated between local authorities proportionate to the number of holiday homes in the local area and taking account of the affordability of housing to local people.The amount of money available nationally is £60m. From this pot, Cornwall Council will receive £5,117,980.

Whilst I welcome this money, it is not really going to deal with the issue of second-homes. I long campaigned for any second-home or holiday-let to require planning permission before it could change from full-time occupation. In this campaign, I submitted a Motion to Cornwall Council which was fully supported to ask the Government to change the planning rules. Details of that Motion can be found HERE. Yet the Government dismissed the Council’s Motion and letter (blogs on second-homes HERE).

How can the £5m allocated to Cornwall Council be spent? In essence, the fund will enable local community groups deliver affordable housing units of mixed tenure on sites which are likely to be of little interest to mainstream house-builders. Being honest, getting developers to build is not a problem, the problem is what happens to those open market dwellings after they are built.

Furthermore, in the Governments own words, this funding will “contribute to the overall national effort to boost housing supply.”

From the Government’s message, it seems to tackle second-homes is to build more housing. This will not solve the problem. The problem can be mitigated against if there was a change to planning legislation. For instance, you cannot change a business unit into a home without planning permission. The same rule should apply for both second-homes and holiday-lets.

Government gives its response to second home legislation

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:

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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.

Letters sent to Prime Minister and MP’s on second homes

Inline with Cornwall Council’s decision to lobby Government seeking a legislative change to planning policies that would require the planning consent being sort and given if someone wanted to change a dwelling into either a second home and/or holiday let.

I am pleased to say letters have been sent to the Prime Minister, the Minister responsible for planning and the six MP’s representing Cornwall.

In these letters, it gives a clear indication where new planning rules could be introduced. These rules are workable as senior planning officers at Cornwall Council have been involved with making sure they are. The possible policy changes have also had the input from those planning experts in the private sector (thanks Paul).

The letters have been signed by all the Political Group Leaders at Cornwall Council, Portfolio Holder for Housing and me. Let’s hope the council gets a positive response from all the Cornish MP’s but more importantly, the Government. As they are the only body that can make these changes.

Top 101 – 211 Parishes with Second Homes and Holiday Lets

And here is the second half of the list of Parishes with second homes and holiday lets:

North Tamerton              12               2               14 141 10%
Helland                1               9               10 102 10%
St. Neot              26             19               45 465 10%
St. Teath              26            102             128 1325 10%
Sancreed              12             19               31 328 9%
Morval              21               9               30 324 9%
Otterham                9               2               11 119 9%
Lanivet              68             14               82 898 9%
Constantine              26             52               78 856 9%
Ludgvan              88             53             141 1553 9%
Bude-Stratton             149            295             444 5003 9%
St. Clement              14             34               48 570 8%
Hayle             101            239             340 4059 8%
Newquay             298            558             856 10432 8%
St. Cleer              75             52             127 1597 8%
Colan              39             20               59 747 8%
Feock              50             95             145 1838 8%
Grampound with Creed              11             12               23 308 7%
Linkinhorne              30             19               49 707 7%
Week St. Mary                8             13               21 306 7%
Perranuthnoe              21             55               76 1112 7%
North Petherwin              13               9               22 325 7%
Cuby                3               2                5 74 7%
Calstock             123             74             197 2954 7%
Launcells                7               9               16 242 7%
St. Newlyn East              26             22               48 727 7%
Luxulyan              25             15               40 634 6%
Tregoney                5             20               25 399 6%
Mawgan-in-Meneage              10             12               22 352 6%
Carlyon                7             39               46 747 6%
Lostwithiel              33             49               82 1355 6%
Altarnun                3             27               30 503 6%
Sithney                9             14               23 386 6%
Towednack                4               6               10 171 6%
Landulph                1             13               14 247 6%
Whitstone                9               5               14 252 6%
North Hill                4             20               24 439 5%
Egloshayle                4               6               10 185 5%
Penzance              81            520             601 11350 5%
St. Mewan              38             38               76 1451 5%
Lezant                9             10               19 366 5%
Landrake with St. Erney              15             10               25 487 5%
Dobwalls and Trewidland              20             23               43 898 5%
St. Mellion                2               7                9 189 5%
Stokeclimsland              10             24               34 717 5%
Treneglos                2               2                4 85 5%
South Hill                4               6               10 214 5%
Menheniot              17             19               36 782 5%
Falmouth             102            379             481 10481 5%
Wadebridge              15            125             140 3151 4%
Gweek                5               9               14 320 4%
St. Thomas the Apostle Rural                6             10               16 370 4%
St. Stephens By Launceston Rural                2               5                7 164 4%
Wendron              29             20               49 1161 4%
Lewannick                9               9               18 430 4%
Laneast                3               1                4 97 4%
Millbrook                5             37               42 1062 4%
St. Allen                5               2                7 177 4%
Antony              –               8                8 207 4%
Tywardreath and Par              22             33               55 1479 4%
Crowan              14             26               40 1100 4%
Stithians              17             16               33 923 4%
Gwennap              14             10               24 684 4%
Quethiock                3               4                7 200 4%
Mabe              11             10               21 638 3%
Probus              10             21               31 993 3%
Ladock                7             14               21 673 3%
St. Michael Penkevil                2               2                4 132 3%
St. Dominick                4               7               11 385 3%
Perranarworthal                3             17               20 721 3%
St. Keyne                3               3                6 218 3%
Egloskerry                1               4                5 184 3%
Kea                8               9               17 670 3%
South Petherwin                5               6               11 452 2%
St. Erme                9               4               13 545 2%
St. Germans                5             10               15 659 2%
Trevalga                2               1                3 140 2%
Illogan              25             28               53 2478 2%
St. Gluvias                7               8               15 716 2%
Chacewater                3             12               15 743 2%
St. Ive                8             10               18 1013 2%
Roche              16             12               28 1592 2%
Carharrack              –             11               11 637 2%
St. Blaise              19             32               51 2982 2%
Penryn                6             47               53 3342 2%
St. Dennis                9               9               18 1174 2%
St. Stephen-in-Brannel              17             28               45 3068 1%
St. Enoder                4             24               28 1934 1%
Lanner                6             10               16 1205 1%
Saltash              39             56               95 7281 1%
Launceston              11             42               53 4172 1%
Bodmin              20             61               81 6485 1%
Treverbyn              14             28               42 3383 1%
Helston              11             46               57 4867 1%
Truro                4             95               99 8990 1%
St. Day              –               8                8 810 1%
Callington                9             16               25 2649 1%
Werrington                2             –                2 220 1%
Carn Brea                9             23               32 3554 1%
Liskeard                5             34               39 4459 1%
Kenwyn                5             16               21 2421 1%
Camborne              17             63               80 9383 1%
St. Austell              11             62               73 8950 1%
Torpoint              –             26               26 3533 1%
Botusfleming                1               1                2 322 1%
Redruth                5             30               35 6479 1%
Lesnewth                9               2  N/A  N/A  N/A
Morvah  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
St. Michael Caerhays  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
Tremaine  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A

It should be noted there are some second home and holiday lets without valid postcodes and their numbers are:

Areas without a valid postcode             129            123             252

Top 100 Parishes with Second Homes and Holiday Lets

Here is the first of two blogs on the number of second homes and holiday lets. The first one is on the top 100 parishes with the most:

Parish Holiday lets business rates database 29/11/2012 Second homes Council tax database 27/11/2012 Total Holiday Lets and Second homes November 2012 Total household spaces, 2011 Census % household spaces holiday lets and second homes
St. Minver Lowlands 261 507 768 1292 59%
St. Minver Highlands 151 253 404 775 52%
St. Merryn 288 438 726 1406 52%
St. Endellion 125 275 400 863 46%
Poundstock 131 107 238 519 46%
St. Tudy 123 25 148 333 44%
Maker-with-Rame 38 270 308 736 42%
St. Just-in-Roseland 75 293 368 905 41%
St. John 5 140 145 368 39%
Gerrans 94 178 272 704 39%
Lanteglos 48 225 273 759 36%
Padstow 162 540 702 1960 36%
St. Issey 66 116 182 512 36%
St. Anthony-in-Meneage 22 28 50 143 35%
Philleigh 13 19 32 95 34%
Manaccan 25 57 82 244 34%
St. Sampson 19 29 48 144 33%
St. Erth 174 37 211 660 32%
Warleggan 24 12 36 117 31%
Forrabury and Minster 52 109 161 524 31%
Lansallos 139 155 294 962 31%
St. Levan 37 77 114 378 30%
Kilkhampton 182 68 250 833 30%
Advent 19 11 30 100 30%
Sennen 46 121 167 560 30%
Zennor 16 19 35 121 29%
St. Gennys 60 85 145 510 28%
St. Winnow 21 19 40 141 28%
Davidstow 26 30 56 200 28%
Duloe 76 18 94 343 27%
St. Kew 86 72 158 580 27%
Mawgan-in-Pydar 64 112 176 659 27%
Crantock 57 65 122 470 26%
Veryan 46 96 142 550 26%
Budock 85 113 198 786 25%
Madron 101 67 168 689 24%
Boconnoc 8 6 14 58 24%
St. Ives 407 1,230 1,637 6891 24%
Fowey 115 245 360 1523 24%
St. Veep 8 37 45 191 24%
Morwenstow 55 35 90 405 22%
Pentewan Valley 65 31 96 439 22%
Tintagel 74 158 232 1073 22%
Mevagissey 90 184 274 1313 21%
St. Ervan 22 23 45 219 21%
Marhamchurch 49 30 79 394 20%
St. Martin-by-Looe 26 37 63 315 20%
St. Keverne 68 158 226 1131 20%
St. Austell Bay 30 83 113 581 19%
Cury 28 16 44 227 19%
Deviock 43 109 152 799 19%
St. Goran 47 94 141 774 18%
Michaelstow 11 8 19 105 18%
St. Breock 28 40 68 392 17%
Grade-Ruan 41 59 100 590 17%
St. Columb Major 282 89 371 2189 17%
Pelynt 53 45 98 579 17%
St. Wenn 14 12 26 156 17%
St. Buryan 42 73 115 695 17%
Lanhydrock 8 5 13 79 16%
Sheviock 17 42 59 361 16%
St. Ewe 18 29 47 290 16%
Mawnan 29 108 137 851 16%
Marazion 43 96 139 871 16%
St. Breward 50 25 75 476 16%
Lanlivery 29 5 34 218 16%
Gunwalloe 8 8 16 103 16%
Ruanlanihorne 7 13 20 130 15%
Looe 127 336 463 3021 15%
Lanreath 25 12 37 245 15%
St. Hilary 37 17 54 369 15%
Mylor 49 155 204 1436 14%
Pillaton 24 7 31 220 14%
St. Mabyn 11 30 41 298 14%
Porthleven 81 151 232 1753 13%
Portreath 32 60 92 706 13%
Landewednack 15 50 65 503 13%
Withiel 10 10 20 157 13%
Jacobstow 14 16 30 238 13%
St. Juliot 8 21 29 231 13%
Mullion 50 87 137 1102 12%
Perranzabuloe 159 180 339 2750 12%
Blisland 16 24 40 331 12%
Cubert 36 40 76 629 12%
St. Eval 10 44 54 461 12%
St. Martin-in-Meneage 7 13 20 171 12%
Camelford 81 82 163 1406 12%
St. Just 73 226 299 2586 12%
Paul 6 9 15 130 12%
St. Clether 4 5 9 79 11%
Tresmeer 4 6 10 90 11%
Trewen 5 3 8 73 11%
Boyton 12 9 21 195 11%
Germoe 11 15 26 246 11%
St. Agnes 170 244 414 3920 11%
St. Pinnock 23 9 32 306 10%
Warbstow 17 9 26 251 10%
Gwinear-Gwithian 63 94 157 1517 10%
Breage 48 105 153 1503 10%
Cardinham 23 6 29 291 10%

Cornwall’s Second Homes and Holiday Lets by Electoral Division

After the success in getting Cornwall Council to lobby the Government to bring in legislation that would bring some control into the housing market (it will still be a long process); I have been asked for more detail than the actual top 10 areas with the most second homes/holiday lets. And here is those details by Cornwall Council’s Electoral Divisions:

Electoral Division  Holiday lets business rates database 29/11/2012  Second homes Council tax database 27/11/2012 Total Holiday Lets and Second homes November 2012 Total household spaces, 2011 Census % household spaces holiday lets and second homes
St Endellion           559        1,054        1,613       2,930 55%
Padstow           450          978        1,428       3,366 42%
Roseland           246          603          849       2,458 35%
St Ives North           218          593          811       2,691 30%
St Issey           263          279          542       2,215 24%
Looe West and Lansallos           191          328          519       2,170 24%
Poundstock           234          228          462       1,966 23%
Flexbury and Poughill           321          167          488       2,252 22%
St Ives South           100          377          477       2,243 21%
Mevagissey           211          319          530       2,526 21%
Rame             65          497          562       2,734 21%
Tintagel           173          302          475       2,338 20%
St Buryan           152          323          475       2,488 19%
Fowey           185          295          480       2,604 18%
Colan and Mawgan           178          196          374       2,075 18%
Pelynt           218          193          411       2,290 18%
Lostwithiel           118          336          454       2,567 18%
St Keverne and Meneage           145          285          430       2,464 17%
St Columb           296          101          397       2,345 17%
Gwinear-Gwithian and St Erth           237          131          368       2,177 17%
Lelant and Carbis Bay             93          266          359       2,128 17%
Ludgvan           200          126          326       1,966 17%
Constantine           140          273          413       2,493 17%
Mullion           134          212          346       2,422 14%
Looe East           101          200          301       2,128 14%
Hayle North             91          216          307       2,220 14%
Perranporth           130          174          304       2,255 13%
Camelford           117          125          242       1,860 13%
Newquay Central             98          166          264       2,056 13%
Newlyn and Mousehole             43          290          333       2,610 13%
St Teath           106          146          252       2,006 13%
Newlyn and Goonhavern           148          133          281       2,321 12%
St Just in Penwith             73          226          299       2,586 12%
Marazion           101          168          269       2,352 11%
Porthleven and Helston South             88          155          243       2,126 11%
St Agnes           120          150          270       2,363 11%
Falmouth Gyllyngvase             50          188          238       2,154 11%
Newquay Pentire             65          175          240       2,262 11%
Lanivet           126            68          194       1,858 10%
Mount Hawke and Portreath             82          154          236       2,263 10%
St Cleer           125            83          208       2,179 10%
Wadebridge East             75          108          183       1,991 9%
Bude North and Stratton           103          193          296       3,225 9%
Penryn East and Mylor             53          179          232       2,680 9%
Breage             62          127          189       2,273 8%
Gunnislake           115            51          166       2,158 8%
Menheniot             66            56          122       1,632 7%
St Mewan             56            67          123       1,741 7%
Feock and Kea             55            97          152       2,192 7%
Bude South             18            77            95       1,400 7%
St Austell Bay             30          123          153       2,256 7%
Newquay Treviglas             40            70          110       1,791 6%
Falmouth Penwerris             33            89          122       2,104 6%
Penzance Central             25          104          129       2,586 5%
Stokeclimsland             23            58            81       1,653 5%
Wendron             49            53          102       2,123 5%
Altarnun             28            55            83       1,828 5%
Probus             28            55            83       1,832 5%
Ladock, St Clement & St Erme             35            54            89       1,965 5%
St Germans             46            41            87       1,935 4%
Newquay Tretherras             10            60            70       1,621 4%
Wadebridge West               5            75            80       1,925 4%
St Ive             42            35            77       1,934 4%
Launceston North             34            34            68       1,740 4%
Penzance Promenade               7            57            64       1,782 4%
Falmouth Arwenack               6            69            75       2,113 4%
Stithians             31            37            68       2,244 3%
Kelly Bray             14            40            54       1,841 3%
Mabe             21            35            56       2,075 3%
Tywardreath             11            40            51       2,218 2%
Chacewater and Kenwyn               9            28            37       1,688 2%
Saltash St Stephens             39              8            47       2,180 2%
Illogan             23            15            38       1,861 2%
St Blaise             19            21            40       2,007 2%
Roche             18            14            32       1,686 2%
Falmouth Boslowick             13            27            40       2,135 2%
St Stephen             14            23            37       1,993 2%
Hayle South             10            23            33       1,839 2%
Gulval and Heamoor               4            31            35       1,993 2%
Bugle             18            13            31       1,833 2%
Penzance East               2            38            40       2,379 2%
Helston Central               4            31            35       2,116 2%
Camborne West             15            20            35       2,148 2%
Newquay Treloggan             10            23            33       2,033 2%
Penwithick             11            20            31       1,924 2%
Truro Moresk               2            34            36       2,266 2%
Bodmin East             11            17            28       1,774 2%
Launceston South             10            19            29       2,000 1%
St Enoder               4            24            28       1,934 1%
Carn Brea South               9            16            25       1,745 1%
Liskeard North               4              7            11         891 1%
Saltash Pill             –            23            23       1,924 1%
Penryn West               2            23            25       2,098 1%
St Day and Lanner               6            18            24       2,015 1%
Torpoint East             –            21            21       1,817 1%
Saltash Burraton             –            18            18       1,558 1%
Bodmin West               8            18            26       2,268 1%
Bodmin Central               1            26            27       2,443 1%
Truro Boscawen               2            25            27       2,476 1%
Launceston Central             –            17            17       1,617 1%
Camborne North               2            19            21       2,001 1%
Mount Charles               2            20            22       2,129 1%
Callington               9            13            22       2,178 1%
St Dennis               9            10            19       1,932 1%
Truro Tregolls             –            23            23       2,404 1%
Liskeard Central               1            20            21       2,248 1%
St Austell Poltair               4            11            15       1,846 1%
Camborne South             –            12            12       1,594 1%
St Austell Gover               2            13            15       2,030 1%
Truro Trehaverne             –            13            13       1,844 1%
Troon and Beacon               2            14            16       2,277 1%
Carn Brea North               3            13            16       2,315 1%
Camborne Central             –            11            11       2,128 1%
Redruth South             –            10            10       1,954 1%
Threemilestone and Gloweth               2              7              9       1,792 1%
Helston North             –            11            11       2,378 0%
Saltash Essa             –              7              7       1,619 0%
Liskeard South and Dobwalls             –              9              9       2,092 0%
Redruth North               2              6              8       1,892 0%
Redruth Central             –              8              8       1,979 0%
St Austell Bethel               1              7              8       2,017 0%
Falmouth Trescobeas             –              6              6       1,975 0%
Torpoint West             –              5              5       1,716 0%

Next by Parish

Legislation on Second Homes a Step Closer

Let’s forget about the Budget for a minute, though it is hard knowing the stinging cuts to be administered because people wanted to play politics and look at the motion on holiday homes/second homes.

To refresh yourself, the wording and possible outcomes are HERE.

I will again make it perfectly clear this is not an attack on second homes or holiday lets that some have tried to portray. This is, and only is about trying to bring in some control into an unregulated market; which is having an effect on our communities.

Currently Cornwall as of November 2012, has 8,348 holiday lets and 14,446 second homes, making a total of 22,794 dwelling. This is out of a housing stock of 259,346. These numbers have steadily increased and is roughly a rise of about 20 per cent* over the past decade. This trend is continuing with 21% of dwelling in the South West in the 2nd homes/holiday let category.

In 47 out of 211 Parishes, the number exceeds 20% of housing stock. eight have over 40%, three have over 50% and one has 59% of housing stock currently available.

There are impacts on sustainability backed up by previous reports** have suggested that where second homes comprise more than 20% the sustainability of that community can be significantly harmed. It also Impact on house prices, have Economic, Environmental and Social and cultural impacts.

Cornwall is not alone, other areas and local authorities face similar and in places greater numbers. Some of these are: London, Cumbria, North Norfolk, Scarborough, West Sussex to name but a few. So there is common ground on this, and hopefully local authorities can work together to achieve something.

I am very pleased to say the Motion was supported by all but 5 Councillors present at the meeting. I am also thankful to the supporters of the Motion, Councillors Julian German, Graham Walker, Dick Cole and Andrew Long.

Now, the various department at Cornwall Council will work together in producing a details and evidence based report that shows something needs to be done before it is too late. It would be good if any public would like to add to the debate, both in the benefits and negatives, then please drop me an email.

Let’s hope the Government will listen this time. I also look forward to hearing from the six Cornish MP’s and I will be asking for their support in getting back some sort of control into our communities.

*In the 2006/2007 Survey of English Housing. **The Taylor Review of Rural Economy and Affordable Housing 2008 and Affordable Rural Housing Commission 2006

 

The Night Before the Motion and the Numbers of Holiday Lets and Second Homes in Cornwall

Tomorrow will be a long day, not only because we have the Budget debate for setting the Council Tax for 2013/14. Also on the agenda are two motions, one of the use of voice recognition software, or in simple terms a lie detector. The other motion is to lobby the Government to introduce legislation that would require planning consent if you wanted to change a dwelling into either a second home, or a holiday let. It will not be easy to get the Government to introduce this legislation, and will be likely to be a long process. Though, that should not be the reason not to start the process.

To remind yourself of the motion, click HERE

Previously, I have blogged on the number of second homes at the Parish, Cornwall Council Electoral Divisions and Community Networks. However, missing out of that data was the number of holiday lets. Now thanks to the Community Intelligence team for their help, I have those numbers.

I will give you the top 10* on both second homes and holiday lets for both Parish and CC Electoral Divisions to add support to the motion.

Parish:

Parish Holiday lets business rates database 29/11/2012 Second homes Council tax database 27/11/2012 Total Holiday Lets and Second homes November 2012 Total household spaces, 2011 Census % household spaces holiday lets and second homes
1) St. Minver Lowlands             261            507             768 1292 59%
2) St. Minver Highlands             151            253             404 775 52%
3) St. Merryn             288            438             726 1406 52%
4) St. Endellion             125            275             400 863 46%
5) Poundstock             131            107             238 519 46%
6) St. Tudy             123             25             148 333 44%
7)Maker-with-Rame              38            270             308 736 42%
8) St. Just-in-Roseland              75            293             368 905 41%
9) St. John                5            140             145 368 39%
10) Gerrans              94            178             272 704 39%

Porthleven is listed as number 76 out of 211 listed Parishes with:

Porthleven              81            151             232 1753 13%

Now here is the top 10 for CC Electoral Division:

Electoral Division  Holiday lets business rates database 29/11/2012  Second homes Council tax database 27/11/2012 Total Holiday Lets and Second homes November 2012 Total household spaces, 2011 Census % household spaces holiday lets and second homes
1) St Endellion           559        1,054        1,613       2,930 55%
2) Padstow           450          978        1,428       3,366 42%
3) Roseland           246          603          849       2,458 35%
4) St Ives North           218          593          811       2,691 30%
5) St Issey           263          279          542       2,215 24%
6) Looe West and Lansallos           191          328          519       2,170 24%
7) Poundstock           234          228          462       1,966 23%
8) Flexbury and Poughill           321          167          488       2,252 22%
9) St Ives South           100          377          477       2,243 21%
10) Mevagissey           211          319          530       2,526 21%

 

Now you can see there needs to be something done before it is too late. And I believe control via the planning system is one way you can protect communities. Furthermore, the number of second home and holiday lets fluctuate because a number of these types of dwelling switch roles on a regular basis. This adds to the problem in collating the actual numbers.

I will publish the whole list of second homes and holiday lets at a later date

* As of 29/11/12 second homes and 27/11/12 for holiday lets

A Motion submitted to Cornwall Council on Second Homes

Previous blogs on the subject of second homes and holiday lets have been on the numbers of each type. For some areas the numbers are quite staggering. I firmly believe it all comes down to a balance between the different types of dwelling in an area. However, it is hard to find that balance when there is not way to control certain types of housing, like second homes.

I think it is about time some sort of legislation is brought into use. Sadly, it needs Parliament to do this, and so far, they have done little, if anything to bring in legislation to control certain housing types. So instead of waiting, I have decided to act and at least get something started that will bring in some sort of legislation.

I have submitted a Motion with the support of two other Independent Councillor, Julian Germans and Graham Walker and two Councillors from MK, Andrew Long and Dick Cole. I hope this Motion will be supported by the majority of Councillors from all political parties on the 26th February.

The Motion is as follows:

“ 1) This Council believes, in principle, that the law should be changed to ensure that those dwellings which are not main residences, commonly known as second homes, are clearly and separately identified as a planning class and that any person wishing to change their main residence to eg a holiday let or second home be required to apply for planning consent.

2) A letter signed on behalf of the Council by all the Group Leaders be sent to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the six Members of Parliament for Cornwall asking that the legislative means of achieving the principle set out in paragraph 1 of this resolution be urgently explored and pursued.”

Furthermore, as part of putting in the Motion, I enlisted the help of a Planning Consultant, Paul Bateman, who through his work talking to others in his line believes there is a need for legislative change. His expertise in what legislation needs to be introduced has been really helpful.

The legislation changes could be:

1) Introduce a Section 55 [3A] to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended, that states “For the avoidance of doubt the change in use of a dwelling in use as a sole or main residence to a dwelling not in use as a sole or main residence involves a material change in use of that dwelling.

2) Provide an amendment to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, as amended, to:

  • a) Amend Class C3 to remove the words “whether or not in use a sole or main residence” and replace it with “in use as a sole or main residence”.
  • b) Establish a new classification (“C5”) for dwellings not in use as a sole or main residence.

3) Provide an amendment to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended, to:

  • a) Allow the permitted change from Class C5 to C3, unless planning conditions otherwise restrict the C5 use as a sole or main residence.

4) Introduce a simplified procedure for Certificates of Lawfulness to establish existing C5 uses on an effective date, with a twelve month transitional period for such applications.

Lets hope my fellow Councillors support this motion. It is not about stopping or banning these types of dwelling, but bringing in some controls before it is too late for our communities.

 

The Full List of Second Homes by Parish in Cornwall

The response to my proposals of getting legislation changed that would require planning/change of use for holiday lets and second homes has been positive. I have also been offered support from many quarters, not just within the council.

Since the publication of the data, I have been asked by people “what about my area?” So here is the list in full by Parish in Cornwall. I warn you, the list is long. This list only includes second homes (not holiday lets).

Parish Dwellings Second Homes Percentage
Advent                96                11 11.5
Altarnun               523                27 5.2
Antony               210                  8 3.8
Blisland               321                24 7.5
Boconnoc                60                  6 10.0
Bodmin            6,709                61 0.9
Botusfleming               338                  1 0.3
Boyton               200                  9 4.5
Breage            1,449               105 7.2
Broadoak                64                – 0.0
Bude-Stratton            4,938               295 6.0
Budock               786               113 14.4
Callington            2,671                16 0.6
Calstock            3,020                74 2.5
Camborne            9,528                63 0.7
Camelford            1,471                82 5.6
Cardinham               277                  6 2.2
Carharrack               653                11 1.7
Carlyon               745                39 5.2
Carn Brea            3,577                23 0.6
Chacewater               743                12 1.6
Colan               754                20 2.7
Constantine               856                52 6.1
Crantock               466                65 13.9
Crowan            1,107                26 2.3
Cubert               608                40 6.6
Cuby                71                  2 2.8
Cury               203                16 7.9
Davidstow               241                30 12.4
Deviock               815               109 13.4
Dobwalls and Trewidland               933                23 2.5
Duloe               329                18 5.5
Egloshayle               173                  6 3.5
Egloskerry               189                  4 2.1
Falmouth          10,326               379 3.7
Feock            1,791                95 5.3
Forrabury and Minster               575               109 19.0
Fowey            1,453               245 16.9
Germoe               252                15 6.0
Gerrans               629               178 28.3
Grade-Ruan               532                59 11.1
Grampound with Creed               303                12 4.0
Gunwalloe                92                  8 8.7
Gweek               293                  9 3.1
Gwennap               665                10 1.5
Gwinear-Gwithian            1,480                94 6.4
Hayle            4,318               239 5.5
Helland                88                  9 10.2
Helston            4,900                46 0.9
Illogan            2,433                28 1.2
Jacobstow               236                16 6.8
Kea               632                  9 1.4
Kenwyn            2,446                16 0.7
Kilkhampton               695                68 9.8
Ladock               673                14 2.1
Landewednack               499                50 10.0
Landrake with St. Erney               487                10 2.1
Landulph               249                13 5.2
Laneast                99                  1 1.0
Lanhydrock                85                  5 5.9
Lanivet               852                14 1.6
Lanlivery               216                  5 2.3
Lanner            1,226                10 0.8
Lanreath               231                12 5.2
Lansallos            1,014               155 15.3
Lanteglos               739               225 30.4
Launcells               234                  9 3.8
Launceston            4,248                42 1.0
Lawhitton Rural               133                  4 3.0
Lesnewth                35                  2 5.7
Lewannick               442                  9 2.0
Lezant               357                10 2.8
Linkinhorne               703                19 2.7
Liskeard            4,542                34 0.7
Looe            3,003               336 11.2
Lostwithiel            1,360                49 3.6
Ludgvan            1,537                53 3.4
Luxulyan               620                15 2.4
Mabe               737                10 1.4
Madron               718                67 9.3
Maker-with-Rame               788               270 34.3
Manaccan               217                57 26.3
Marazion               818                96 11.7
Marhamchurch               379                30 7.9
Mawgan-in-Meneage               354                12 3.4
Mawgan-in-Pydar               666               112 16.8
Mawnan               817               108 13.2
Menheniot               787                19 2.4
Mevagissey            1,302               184 14.1
Michaelstow               111                  8 7.2
Millbrook            1,081                37 3.4
Morvah                45                11 24.4
Morval               315                  9 2.9
Morwenstow               392                35 8.9
Mullion            1,054                87 8.3
Mylor            1,380               155 11.2
Newquay          10,658               558 5.2
North Hill               459                20 4.4
North Petherwin               332                  9 2.7
North Tamerton               124                  2 1.6
Otterham               111                  2 1.8
Padstow            1,846               540 29.3
Paul               130                  9 6.9
Pelynt               710                45 6.3
Penryn            3,364                47 1.4
Pentewan Valley               325                31 9.5
Penzance          11,330               520 4.6
Perranarworthal               700                17 2.4
Perranuthnoe            1,096                55 5.0
Perranzabuloe            2,678               180 6.7
Philleigh                94                19 20.2
Pillaton               230                  7 3.0
Porthleven            1,693               151 8.9
Portreath               706                60 8.5
Poundstock               530               107 20.2
Probus            1,047                21 2.0
Quethiock               197                  4 2.0
Redruth            6,385                30 0.5
Roche            1,656                12 0.7
Ruanlanihorne               118                13 11.0
Saltash            7,290                56 0.8
Sancreed               316                19 6.0
Sennen               553               121 21.9
Sheviock               366                42 11.5
Sithney               347                14 4.0
South Hill               207                  6 2.9
South Petherwin               436                  6 1.4
St. Agnes            3,789               244 6.4
St. Allen               178                  2 1.1
St. Anthony-in-Meneage               114                28 24.6
St. Austell            8,951                62 0.7
St. Austell Bay               687                83 12.1
St. Blaise            2,975                32 1.1
St. Breock               356                40 11.2
St. Breward               450                25 5.6
St. Buryan               669                73 10.9
St. Cleer            1,606                52 3.2
St. Clement               581                34 5.9
St. Clether                80                  5 6.3
St. Columb Major            2,114                89 4.2
St. Day               827                  8 1.0
St. Dennis            1,174                  9 0.8
St. Dominick               378                  7 1.9
St. Endellion               789               275 34.9
St. Enoder            1,878                24 1.3
St. Erme               539                  4 0.7
St. Erth               719                37 5.1
St. Ervan               220                23 10.5
St. Eval               468                44 9.4
St. Ewe               254                29 11.4
St. Gennys               484                85 17.6
St. Germans               655                10 1.5
St. Gluvias               681                  8 1.2
St. Goran               680                94 13.8
St. Hilary               351                17 4.8
St. Issey               494               116 23.5
St. Ive            1,003                10 1.0
St. Ives            6,877            1,230 17.9
St. John               342               140 40.9
St. Juliot               179                21 11.7
St. Just            2,480               226 9.1
St. Just-in-Roseland               877               293 33.4
St. Keverne            1,086               158 14.5
St. Kew               553                72 13.0
St. Keyne               211                  3 1.4
St. Levan               337                77 22.8
St. Mabyn               298                30 10.1
St. Martin-by-Looe               321                37 11.5
St. Martin-in-Meneage               163                13 8.0
St. Mellion               197                  7 3.6
St. Merryn            1,142               438 38.4
St. Mewan            1,498                38 2.5
St. Michael Caerhays                43                  2 4.7
St. Michael Penkevil                78                  2 2.6
St. Michael’s Mount                15                – 0.0
St. Minver Highlands               667               253 37.9
St. Minver Lowlands            1,182               507 42.9
St. Neot               469                19 4.1
St. Newlyn East               746                22 2.9
St. Pinnock               323                  9 2.8
St. Sampson               140                29 20.7
St. Stephen-in-Brannel            3,054                28 0.9
St. Stephens By Launceston Rural               166                  5 3.0
St. Teath            1,347               102 7.6
St. Thomas the Apostle Rural               389                10 2.6
St. Tudy               322                25 7.8
St. Veep               189                37 19.6
St. Wenn               158                12 7.6
St. Winnow               158                19 12.0
Stithians               906                16 1.8
Stokeclimsland               737                24 3.3
Tintagel            1,046               158 15.1
Torpoint            3,548                26 0.7
Towednack               167                  6 3.6
Tregoney               446                20 4.5
Tremaine                28                – 0.0
Treneglos                37                  2 5.4
Tresmeer               108                  6 5.6
Trevalga                32                  1 3.1
Treverbyn            3,462                28 0.8
Trewen                76                  3 3.9
Truro            8,902                95 1.1
Tywardreath and Par            1,526                33 2.2
Veryan               538                96 17.8
Wadebridge            3,212               125 3.9
Warbstow               245                  9 3.7
Warleggan               136                12 8.8
Week St. Mary               294                13 4.4
Wendron            1,157                20 1.7
Werrington               195                – 0.0
Whitstone               247                  5 2.0
Withiel               160                10 6.3
Zennor               127                19 15.0

* Data from Cornwall Council as of 27 November 2012

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