Second homes – a problem requiring more radical solutions!

How second-homes boom is hollowing out Yorkshire Dales villages

Increasing levels of second home ownership in the Yorkshire Dales have left the national park with a “flight of working-age people, school closures, loss of services and hollowed-out communities”, local politicians and campaigners have said.

The Yorkshire Dales national park authority chairman, Carl Lis, said people looking to the area for a picturesque bolthole were stimulating the housing market and helping to create “a gaping affordability gap between house prices and local wages”.

Around 1,500 properties in the Yorkshire Dales are second homes – more than 10% of the total housing stock.

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