Musical chairs

The Cornwall Local Plan: Fully Objectively Assessed Need (FOAN), document has a section on affordable housing. In paragraph 56 it states:

“there is a need to consider the ‘musical chairs’ effect of households freeing up houses that can become another household’s home. A new affordable home is likely to free up an existing private rented property for another household”. Oddly enough social rented properties are excluded from the calculation of new houses required on the basis that household moves are simply transfers within the social rented sector. Now there is no reason why this same rationale should not apply to the private rented sector. In the main a move is a transfer within the sector. So what is the rationale to build more houses to accommodate moves from the private sector? Is it that when a household moves from a private sector house the house is then let for holiday or other purposes?

In reality the number of households in the private rented sector does not equate to the number of new houses that have to be built.


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