One of the major challenges that we face in our nation is when an MP raises a question that relates to their own constitution, that on many occasions the subject relates to many other areas. Yesterday in the Prime Ministers Questions the MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double asked a question regarding his Constituency but there are many other places in the UK where the same issues exists. Sadly because it was only one constituency and because of the recent visit to the same area by the Prime Minister for G7, that he was able to refer to it very specifically. However we need a very different response as what is needed is not a solution by one person in one area but a much wider response. In any event there is no indication that the claim by the Prime Minister will deal with the real issue. Here is the question and answer.
SD: We are currently experiencing a housing crisis in Cornwall, where local people are being priced out of the market, whether to buy or rent, by prices being inflated due to the huge demand from people wanting to move to Cornwall to live or buy a holiday home. This is a long-standing problem, but in recent months it has become the worst it has ever been. As the Government bring forward their reforms of the planning system, can my right hon. Friend assure me and the people of Cornwall that this will not be about building lots of homes for wealthy people to buy, and that it will ensure that the people of Cornwall are able to access the homes that they need?
BJ: My hon. Friend raises a point that has been raised repeatedly with me in Cornwall, and we are absolutely determined to address the issue in question and to work with Linda Taylor, the leader of the newly Conservative Cornwall Council, to ensure that we build local homes for local people so that young people growing up in Cornwall have the chance of owning their own home.
The reality is that the maps above next to the one that shows the Cornwall area indicate where large numbers of holiday homes are being purchased that are preventing local people from being able to afford homes in the area. However even that map is far from complete. Many homes in Sussex are being purchased by people from outside the area who are based elsewhere and who come into Sussex for a few nights each month or even each year. This needs to be changed to prevent the communities from being damaged, just as the Cornwall area is being seriously impacted. There is no solution that can be found in one area. It needs to be a national solution. Indeed there are many homes in the centre of London that belong to people from nations such as China, Russia and America. In addition to our nation there are many wealthy people who have second and third homes in other nations. They too are potentially very damaging. We need a new approach rather than expecting Linda Taylor to solve the problems from her Council in Cornwall.