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

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