Tag: Holiday homes

Sir Andrew Motion, the president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England caused something of stir last weekend by launching a salvo against second home owners in the Times. There were about 1,100 second holiday homes in Shropshire in 2001. On the face of it, the 2011 census suggests there are rather less, but I greatly distrust this data which classifies 68% of second homes held for ‘other purposes’ than working or holidaying. It would not surprise me if there are nigh on 3,000 second homes in the county held for holiday purposes – around 2.5% of the total – but that is just a guess. This is lower than the level of empty homes. In April 2009, 3.3% of properties in Shropshire were vacant – a statistic of far greater concern to me than second homes. Shropshire Council is beginning to tackle this problem, but it is too early to see how effective this long overdue strategy will be. The real problem is that financial model for building affordable housing is all but broken. Even if funds for housing investment were flowing freely, many rural communities have yet to face up to the reality that at least some affordable…

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