Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Lots of bargains and tenants for Greenbay

'Lost generation' in rural Wales

A report on rural housing in Wales warns parts of the countryside "will lose the next generation of young people" without big changes in policy. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found rural homeless levels have risen more sharply than urban areas, yet there are 18,000 vacant homes in rural areas.

Posted by crutchley @ 07:37 AM (450 views)
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3 thoughts on “Lots of bargains and tenants for Greenbay

  • What’s the answer ?
    Places like this and Cornwall etc. need rental properties to bring in tourists etc.
    Tourists want to stay in the pretty cottages and close to the beaches etc.

    Should land be set aside for development for locals only with a covenant that these properties can only be owned/occupied by local residents and aren’t allowed to be let out or left empty.

    And although alot of people would be upset at loosing their holiday cottage that sits empty for most of the year (as perhaps they don’t need the rent) isn’t it a greater tradgedy that the cattage isn’t being used to generate extra tourism business for that local community.

    I think if GB etc. want to achieve their new homes target they need to start looking outside the box. They will fail to meet their target if they aim at just building houses. They need to be looking at ones that are stood empty and also keeping speculators out of others.

    And on that thought what is to stop speculators buying up whole new developments of houses when they finally do get built – something needs to be put in place there aswell.

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  • str 2007 – I think there is already a mechanism that can be used to ensure the property is occupied – council tax.

    The owner can claim that the residence is unoccupied for most of the year and pay very little if anything. If the council were able to levy council tax regardless, those properties would look much less desirable, wouldn’t they?

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  • @ Paul
    Agree, but I think housing is still needed for locals and locals only. IE free from speculation.

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