Mr Pollard stated he needed “councils to have extra energy, and never simply to double council tax”, and referred to as on the Authorities to “go quicker” in permitting councils to extend extra.
It comes after the Conservative-run Cornwall Council wrote to the Authorities to “improve the council tax premium for second properties” by the identical quantity in January, requesting the same powers afforded to local authorities in Wales.
Its letter stated: “It’s felt that in addition to producing extra earnings for the council to spend on precedence companies to our communities, this may additional assist our housing agenda together with maximising housing that’s out there for native folks.”
Final month Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, introduced a crackdown on vacation permits England, saying tourism was turning seaside towns into “an almost permanent Airbnb setting”. The brand new guidelines would require vacation owners to get planning permission earlier than they’ll set free their properties, and can come into drive later this 12 months after a session.
However MPs representing constituents in tourism hotspots within the South West stated the measures ought to go additional.
Simon Jupp, the Conservative MP for East Devon, referred to as for councils to have the ability to reserve a proportion of new-build properties for folks with an area household or financial connection to a given space.
He urged purchasers or tenants might, as an illustration, be required to be both born, working, or caring for somebody inside 25 miles of the property.