What would a request to Government for a devolution deal that:
met Cornwall’s housing needs;
fulfilled environmental sustainability criteria; and,
would obtain community consent look like?
To ask Government to give Cornwall planning powers so that:
Change of use from permanent residential to second home or holiday let would require planning permission;
Properties currently used as second homes or holiday lets would be deemed to have temporary permission which would lapse if sold/change of ownership or where levels exceeded a set amount of properties;
Powers to purchase second homes/holiday lets and use them for local residents where permission had lapsed;
New developments to be for local needs only; where developers considered this option unviable to transfer the land at current value to an appropriate developer;
Powers to stop developers who have obtained pp then selling the land on to other developers. Permission should lapse at that point and have to be re-applied for;
Provision of funding to allow for the development of social housing;
Control over the private rental sector to ensure long-term tenure; fair rents and high standards.
In essence local powers to make planning policy – a Cornish planning policy that meets genuine local need rather than external demand and developers’ profits.