North Devon unites to declare housing emergency accelerated by tourism

Local councils in North Devon and Torridge declared housing emergencies this week.

The motions have so far been passed by Ilfracombe City Council, Braunton Bideford Parish and Town Council.

With the increase in stays and moves, many tenants in North Devon and Torridge have received eviction notices, with rentals becoming vacation rentals. Rising rents have also made properties unaffordable for residents while reducing the number of rental properties required.

Ilfracombe City Council approved the statement on Tuesday and was brought to the attention of the council by Cllr. Ms. Terry Elliot.

The councils now aim to examine the principles of affordable housing and the registration of second homes as businesses, while ensuring that new homes prioritize local occupancy needs.

Cllr Paul Crabb, Councilor for Ilfracombe and Devon County Council (Ilfracombe), said: “This crisis has been a trend for years, but this year it has been exacerbated by the incredible amount of tourism and the trend has been to gradually convert residential home rentals into AirBnBs and vacation units rented by individuals.



Bideford City Council votes in favor of declaration of housing emergency

“Right now, this municipal tax loophole means it cuts all of your costs in half. It’s a perfect storm where you double your income but cut your taxes in half, which impacts residents here.”

“It’s very tempting for homeowners to go down this road, and that’s the problem we’re addressing.”

“It’s a real community issue and it affects almost everyone here. I think it’s right for the community to act together. It’s time for the council to put its shoulder to the wheel with those affected and try to do something about it. help as much as possible. “

“We want to make sure that every privately rented house pays its fair share in terms of helping the community. We have also reached out to our MP and are trying to open a discussion about planning the classes.”

Braunton Parish Council declared a housing crisis on Wednesday, on a proposal from Cllr Graham Bell and in the presence of Emma Hookway of the North Devon and Torridge Housing Crisis campaign group.

To help resolve this issue, Braunton Parish Council will contact North Devon Council to ask them to consider the impact of short term rentals on North Devon residents who buy and own homes in their towns and cities and towns. native villages.

Braunton Parish Council President Councilor Liz Spear said, “Calling a Housing Crisis highlights the urgency of providing affordable housing locally. It has become increasingly evident that there is a growing problem stemming from second homes, and certainly since the pandemic, the problem of affordable housing, especially for the younger generation, has become an even bigger problem at the local level.

“It is important that the Council works with other local authorities and organizations as it would not be possible to achieve the objective proposed by the Council by working alone.”



Kaye Corfe with concerned residents outside Bideford City Council

Bideford City Council declared a housing emergency on Thursday, with the motion tabled by Cllr Kaye Corfe, Bideford West. The motion states that City Council recognizes and accepts that Bideford is in a housing emergency and offers cooperation with Torridge District Council to provide solutions.

According to HMRC, 25% of all homes sold in the city were second homes in 2018.

The board voted in favor of the motion, with one abstention.



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“Cllr Corfe said:” I am glad the motion has passed for Bideford to declare a housing emergency. The first step is to recognize and show that we are in solidarity with all those affected. I will continue to walk with it and fight for our community to get the housing it needs. “

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