Plans to make all new-built houses ‘principle residence only’, in order to solve the local housing crisis, have received mentions in the Guardian and the BBC.
The St Ives Neighbourhood Development plan goes to referendum on 5th May 2016, and includes proposals to regulate who can live in new build housing. The plan is available on their website here, and the relevant document has the details on page 25. You can get their plan here.
The Guardian story is available here, and the one from the BBC is here. The neighbourhood planning framework that St Ives residents have used to write their local plan is the same legal framework that underpins Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum. It will be interesting to see the result of the referendum, and whether such neighbourhood planning gets more attention as a result.
For those who know the West Country, the question of second-home ownership will be familiar. For light relief, here is a link to a song about second homes, written by the famous folk group Show of Hands. Enjoy