We think that second homes should be liable for double the Council Rate.
Second homes are killing our villages .
For example, Studland and Worth Matravers are now over 50% second homes.
Second homes push up local house prices beyond the means of locally employed people and their contribution to the local economy is minimal, causing shops and services to close.
The proposed Second Homes Policy is too narrow and limited to have any impact.
A comprehensive definition of second homes is needed in order to create an effective policy.
It should include holiday lets and buy to lets.
We support a second homes policy similar to the successful one in St. lves, Cornwall.