The Second Homes Problem

Mark Drakeford and Adam Price have announced their joint proposals for dealing with the controversial second homes issue, aiming to balance the needs of residents to buy homes locally without unduly affecting the self-catering sectors of the tourism industry.  The programme announcement is at New package of measures to address high numbers of second homes | GOV.WALES.  Perhaps not a major issue in Monmouthshire, the measures include one that will allow councils to control changes from one type of accommodation to another.  Tourism and community interests continue to find the proposals inadequate for dealing with the problem of the unaffordability of housing for local people without penalising tourism businesses.  Tourism bodies recently petitioned the Senedd with proposals for exemptions to planned changes to the rules determining whether properties should pay business tax or council tax – Allow exemptions to the 182-day occupancy rule to reduce harm to real Welsh self-catering businesses – Petitions (