According to the inflated target in the ‘Local Plan’ the Hayle and St. Ives area ‘needs’ 3,180 extra dwellings between 2010 and 2030. [we estimate a more realistic figure would be around 1,600 or fewer].
And how many holiday lets are there in the area?
The figures look something like this – 1,800 houses used as holiday lets; 2,660 houses and apartments used as holiday lets.
Transferring some of these properties back into permanent residential use would result in the actual number of new dwellings required to be built to be limited.
Perhaps as part of a ‘Devolution Deal’ Cornwall could ask for the relevant powers to restrict the use of dwellings for holiday lets and second homes and ensure they are used for permanent use.