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Second homes damage village life
Residents say many people have no
Local people in the north Devon village of Appledore claim the large number of second
homes there are making many people choose to leave.
Four in 10 houses are second homes, some of which are occupied for only a few weeks each
Residents say the negative impact this has on community life is making some people question
their commitment to the pretty village.
The Mayor of Appledore is also thinking of leaving the village he grew up in.
Mayor Len Ford says his brothers have already left.
He said: "My elder brothers left a couple of years ago, but still live locally.
"I've been considering moving for a while, and I probably will do so."
Resident Terry Bailey says people who had moved to Appledore to become part of the
community are now leaving because they have no neighbours.
Second Homes - Social and Economic Impacts
Increasing disposable incomes have resulted in an increase in second home
ownership. Many of these homes are used for weekends or holidays in
attractive rural areas. The increase in second home ownership has however
bought some ill feeling by locals who have felt the impact of changes in
villages caused by second homes. An increase in second homes in an area
can bring both benefits and problems.
- provides trade for local trades such as builders, plumbers etc.
- existing home owners have seen an increase in the value of their homes
- older properties in need of repair have been restored
- tourists do bring in some money to the local area
- house prices increase due to competition between buyers of second
homes causing many youngsters to be outpriced from their own local area
- villages can become 'sleepy' as some houses remain empty for much of
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Many people have very strong views on second home ownership. Many
villages in popular tourist areas such as Devon and Cornwall have seen a
signficant increase in properties bought up as second homes. Increasingly
young people are finding it difficult to buy homes in the areas they have
grown up in due to the rapidly increasing house prices. There have been
various calls for the increasing taxation of second home owners to try and
reduce the problem.…read more