Yesterday we pointed out the flaws in Home Choice Register, today we turn to whether there is a housing shortage in Newquay.
The problem is that in Newquay there is no shortage of housing but that houses are lost to the leisure sector.
In 2001 there were 467 properties which were not used for housing people (holiday homes/lets/vacant), 5% of the total. In 2011 there were 1,529 properties not used for housing people or 15% of the total.
Thats an extra 1,062 dwellings not actually used for housing people. Enough to satisfy housing needs for quite a while! So no real housing shortage!