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Second Homes Crackdown
11:12am 28th February 2013
Cornish officials are to write to the Prime Minister calling for a change in the law on second homes.
Duchy councillors want owners to have to get planning permission.
They say they want to "bring some control to an unregulated market."
Porthleven and Helston South councillor Andrew Wallis carried out a survey into the number of second homes in Cornish parishes in November.
St Minver Lowlands, near Wadebridge, 59 percent of dwellings were second homes or holiday lets. That is the highest in the Duchy.
St Minver Highlands, St Merryn and St Endellion were next on the list.
Writing on his blog, before the motion to write to the Prime Minister was passed, councillor Wallis said:
"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."
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