I have written a few blogs on second homes and their numbers. Previously, I have looked at my home town of Porthleven and to compare with other areas, I also looked at Looe and Padstow. Now I have the most up to date (up to 27/11/2012) details on the numbers of second homes in the towns and parishes in Cornwall. Not all town and parishes are the same size, so I will give the highest number of second home in numbers and percentage.
So the first question which Parish has the highest amount of second homes? Here is the top ten (note, number of dwellings includes all other classification like empty etc):
- St. Minver Lowlands: 1,118 dwellings – 507 second homes – 42.9%
- St John: 342 dwellings – 140 second homes – 40.9%
- St. Merryn: 1,142 dwellings – 438 second homes – 38.4%
- St. Minver Highlands: 667 dwellings – 253 second homes – 37.9%
- St. Endellion: 789 dwellings – 275 second homes – 34.9%
- Maker with Rame: 788 dwellings – 270 second homes – 34.3%
- St Just in Roseland: 877 dwellings – 293 second homes – 33.4%
- Lanteglos: 739 dwellings – 225 second homes – 30.4%
- Padstow: 1,846 dwellings – 540 second homes – 29.3%
- Gerrans: 629 dwellings – 178 second homes – 28.3%
(The Parish with the least number of second homes is Botusfleming: 338 dwellings – 1 second homes – 0.3%)
Now in case you are wondering where which parish is, here is the top 5 by Cornwall Council Electoral Divisions:
- St Endellion: 2,736 dwellings – 1,054 second homes – 38.5% – (Councillor – Con)
- Padstow: 2,988 dwellings – 978 second homes – 32.7% – (Councillor – Con)
- Roseland: 2,370 dwellings – 603 second homes – 25.4% – (Councillor – Independent)
- St Ives: North 2,653 dwellings – 593 second homes – 22.4% – (Councillor – Con)
- Rame: 2,787 dwellings – 497 second homes – 17.8% – (Councillor – Con)
For Porthleven as a parish and my Cornwall Council Electoral Division of Porthleven and Helston South the numbers are:
Porthleven: 1,693 dwellings – 151 Second homes – 8.9% and for Porthleven and Helston South: 2,166 dwellings – 155 second homes – 7.2%.
For the other Helston CC Divisions: Helston North – 2,515 dwellings – 216 second homes – 8.6% and Helston Central: 1,803 dwellings – 23 second homes – 1.3%.
As for the total number of second homes in Cornwall, there are 14,446. This is out of a housing stock of 260,077. This is 5.5% of all dwellings which are classified as second homes. For those interested the number of those which are classified as empty: 6,247 – 2.4%. I will at a later date, work out the numbers by town.
It would be easy and simplistic just to look at the number of homes and the number of people on the housing register and that would solve Cornwall’s housing problems, like some have suggested. But that would be wrong, as second homes do contribute to the Cornish economy. However, like I have said before, there is a fine line of contributing, or having a negative impact on the local community and economy.
What I believe must happen, is primary legislation being made that to turn a dwelling into a second home, or holiday let, it would require planning permission for a change of use. Like you would need to change a dwelling into a shop or vice-versa. That way they can be monitored, and with the right policy, stop these types of dwellings having a negative impact on local communities.
More numbers to come on towns, Community Networks and CC Electoral Divisions. That is if you are interested!