SECOND home owners in Cornwall believe they have an “overwhelmingly positive impact” on the region, generating jobs and boosting the local economy.
These are among the findings of a new survey undertaken by Plymouth University which has been published in the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation.
Researchers from the university’s School of Tourism and Hospitality carried out interviews with second home owners in North Cornwall ranging from those who visit their properties regularly to those who rent them out as full-time holiday lets.
The second home owners said that they do not believe they are taking away homes from local people but are instead filling properties which would otherwise be vacant and creating jobs to enable people to live in Cornwall.
These findings are somewhat expected. Second home owners are unlikely to say they push up house prices, that more second homes results in the loss of housing in coastal areas for local people, and that demand for goods and services is lower in an area if fewer people live there on a permanent basis.