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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-10702053

Ministers in Wales secure right-to-buy powers

"Ministers in Wales are to be able to suspend the right to buy council houses in areas of chronic housing shortages.

It is part of housing powers being devolved from Westminster to Wales.

The legislative competence order (LCO), due to be rubber stamped later, will allow the Welsh Assembly Government to legislate on a range of housing issues.

It said suspending right-to-buy would only be used in extreme cases, but there is some support for the move in areas short of affordable housing.

Average house prices in Pembrokeshire's national park are about £200,000, while a report has warned the population could fall by 12% over the next 20 years.

A lack of affordable housing is said to be partly to blame.

Councillor Michael Williams, who represents the seaside resort of Tenby, said: "It is desperate - I come across so many young people who just cannot afford a home."

Pembrokeshire council said there had been a marked decline in interest in right-to-buy in recent years.

No homes have been sold this financial year and just four last year - but go back five years and 75 were sold.

Council leader John Davies said he would welcome any decision to end right-to-buy, which he said had "outlived its usefulness".

"Over the last 20 years we have seen a haemorrhaging of affordable local housing as a result of right-to-buy and unfortunately these sales have not been complemented by replacement new housing," he added.

"One of the problems of the current legislation is that local authorities have not been able to recover the receipts of council house sales to plough back into affordable housing.

"Even though in recent years we have seen very few council house sales due to changes in discounting procedures, we still feel legislation needs to be changed."

Mr Williams, who is chairman of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority's development control committee, said as far as right-to-buy was concerned, "the horse had already bolted".

Analysis

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Colette Hume Wales correspondent

For many former tenants who took advantage of the big discounts on offer through right-to-buy legislation, the chance to own the roof over their own heads was too good to refuse.

Thirty years on, 80,000 households are waiting for a home, and many are living in overcrowded and unsatisfactory conditions, either in private rented accommodation or with family and friends.

Those who work with these families say some are forced to live, often for years at a time, in houses which are simply too small.

Compulsory Purchase

There are some good news stories. A concerted attempt is being made to build sustainable affordable housing and, in small pockets across Wales, families are being given a chance to rent a house in their home village, close to family and friends.

He said the biggest issue was the number of second homes in the area - with many only occupied for one or two months a year.

"There are so few people living and working here the whole fabric of the area - economically, socially and culturally - has been damaged," he added.

"If you walk around Tenby in the winter months then 40 to 50% of the homes have no sign of life."

He wants to see legislation forcing people to apply for planning permission if they want to buy a house as a second home, and has even suggested local authorities could compulsory purchase second homes.

"I know it seems radical but it's got that bad," he added.

Empty homes

In the face of concerns by some Conservative AMs and MPs, the assembly government has pledged to only use the right-to-buy powers in exceptional circumstances.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies, said the powers were good news for housing organisations and communities across Wales.

She said it would enable the assembly government to develop measures to improve the regulation of social landlords, secure greater homelessness provision and bring empty homes back into use.

"It is right that these decisions should be taken in Wales for the people of Wales," she added."

I heard about this on the news this morning.

As said in the article, in regards to RTB, the horse has already bolted, so suspending this is likely to have little effect.

However, I wonder, are they they are likely to take it as far as compulsory purchase orders on second homes, or planning permission? Plus on the radio. someone did say that they would be likely to greatly increase council tax on second homes now, so could this have some effect in making second homes less attractive, so bringing on a hpc in Wales?

And maybe this could be introduced in other areas of the UK, such a Cornwall?

Apparently Wales have been fighting for these powers for 3 years, in order to try and tackle the chonic housing shortage.

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He wants to see legislation forcing people to apply for planning permission if they want to buy a house as a second home, ..........

but not BTL it seems <_<

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He wants to see legislation forcing people to apply for planning permission if they want to buy a house as a second home, ..........

but not BTL it seems <_<

Does he have a BTL or two?

I do like the idea of applying for PP for Second homes. It is after all a change of use. From full time home to part time home.

Mr John Davies

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Leader of Pembrokeshire Council and a Farmer

Interests in other bodies:

• Managing Director of Cwmbetws Cyf, (What's this?)

Interests in other Bodies:

• Director Cwmbetws Cyf.

• Member of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

• Leader Welsh Local Government Association

• Member of Dyfed Powys Police Authority

Matters to note:

• I have two nieces who are employed by ITV Cymru; Mari Grug who presents ‘Y Tywydd’ and

Lisa Haf who presents ‘Hacio’.

• The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

Edited by SarahBell

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Does he have a BTL or two?

I do like the idea of applying for PP for Second homes. It is after all a change of use. From full time home to part time home.

Mr John Davies

Post:

Leader of Pembrokeshire Council and a Farmer

Interests in other bodies:

• Managing Director of Cwmbetws Cyf, (What's this?)

Interests in other Bodies:

• Director Cwmbetws Cyf.

• Member of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

• Leader Welsh Local Government Association

• Member of Dyfed Powys Police Authority

Matters to note:

• I have two nieces who are employed by ITV Cymru; Mari Grug who presents ‘Y Tywydd’ and

Lisa Haf who presents ‘Hacio’.

• The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

Cwmbetws is the name of his ffarm. 'Cyf' is 'Ltd'. A few years ago there was some stink about him getting planning permission to build an additional dwelling on his farm for a 'herds-man'. It was the focus of a current affairs programme 'The Dragon's Eye'. The problem was....that he had sold his herd some time before so he didn't really need a herds-man at all. Leader of council job paying quite well it seems and of great help to get planning permission.

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What do you think the Taffia has been doing with all their money these past 30 years? Many have second and third homes.

I don't know of any second homes owned by the Taffia as you put it. They're all English owned.

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