Cornwall and holiday lets

The latest figures are that there are 30,000 holiday lets in Cornwall, equal to 11% of all dwellings. [270,000].

This compares to 285,000 holiday lets in England, equal to 1.2% of all dwellings. [24,298,000].

[Holiday let figures derived from Home to go; total dwellings from Council Tax Base data, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government].

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Repetition does not make it right!

Actual evidence based on actual real data suggests that with household numbers rising by 159,000 a year across England, this should be the baseline with regard to the number of new houses needed each year. We could add on some extra ones to ensure that there are enough homes for those in need now.

Perhaps an extra 20,000 per annum.

Ah but don’t forget – there are 285,000 houses and flats available as holiday lets – so perhaps we don’t need those extra 20,000 after all!

But that takes the figure up to 180,000 per year, well below the 300,000 mythical figure rolled out by politicians and pundits alike with no questioning of its accuracy!

The UK desperately needs new homes ….
…. housing is the one thing that virtually everyone likes to buy secondhand – and that means the issue of housing quality is now critical, particularly given the government’s aim to get 300,000 new homes built every year by the mid-2020s …

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/13/uk-desperate-new-homes-not-hideous-boxes-housing-minister

Scotland – climate emergency – some issues

Douglas Fraser, the Business/economy editor for the BBC in Scotland makes some important points in his latest blog following the declaration of a climate emergency in Scotland and the decision not to cut air departure tax.

We’re beginning to see the consequences, this week on a relatively small issue. The SNP manifesto promise of cutting air departure tax (or air passenger duty, as it is at Westminster) in half, and then removing it “when resources allow” is being ditched.

It had run into technical, legal problems over the devolution of an exemption on Highlands and Islands flights, given by the European Commission to the UK government.

It was enacted in law, but implementation delayed. Taxation experts had not given up the concerns they voiced during the legislative phase about its practical application.

The tax cut was stalled by the arithmetic at Holyrood. The SNP needs support to get policy past combined opposition, and it’s got a special problem if it continues to rely on Scottish Green votes to pass its budgets. They surely won’t vote for a tax cut intended to boost air travel numbers.

That’s because of the factor that proved decisive for Scottish ministers – the promise to cut air departure tax clashed too loudly with the newly raised status of environmental considerations, under the Climate Emergency. The tension in SNP policy has been there for some time. The new status made it a clear contradiction, and forced its resolution into the open.
Lifeline routes

The U-turn leaves a lot of questions. Whereas the tax was introduced to force air passengers to pay at least some of the external costs imposed by their travel, it had become a cash cow for the Westminster and now (with newly devolved powers) the Holyrood governments.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-48198095

Scotland – planned cuts in aviation taxes dropped – there is a climate emergency after all!

The Scottish government has dropped controversial plans to cut its taxes on aviation after Nicola Sturgeon declared last week the world faces a climate emergency.

Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish environment secretary, said cutting air passenger duty would be incompatible with its new pledge to cut Scotland’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2045.

The Scottish government faced intense cross-party pressure to keep the levy in place after Sturgeon accepted recommendations from the UK committee on climate change (CCC) last week that Scotland should adopt a 2045 target date.

Chris Stark, chief executive of the CCC, told the Guardian cutting the levy would undermine efforts to combat climate change by making it harder for Scotland to reduce its overall emissions.

Keeping the tax in place “would help immensely with the emissions challenge there is in Scotland” he said.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/07/scotland-drops-aviation-tax-cut-plans-climate-emergency

Why are we building so many houses in Hayle and Newquay?

allegedly its to meet local housing need, but that is not the case.

We build more houses than we need to accommodate the housing demand of people currently living outside Cornwall – whether they want to move here to live or have a holiday home or holiday let.

In St. Ives there are currently 1,418 houses and apartments available as holiday lets.

In Newquay there are currently 1,836 houses and apartments available as holiday lets.

Source: Home to go, 1 bed or more properties.