Plaid Senedd member slams Welsh Government's 'vague' plan to tackle second homes crisis


Mabon ap Gwynfor (Image: Plaid Cymru). Second home (Image: Gwalia).

Plaid Cymru MS Mabon ap Gwynfor has criticised the Welsh Government's plans to tackle the second homes crisis.


Mr. ap Gwynfor is Plaid Cymru's spokesperson on Housing and Planning, and represents Dwyfor Meirionnydd— the constituency with the highest percentage of second homes in the country.


Mr. ap Gwynfor said that the Welsh Government had released "no details, only vague references to consultations and trialing ideas."


He also criticised the plans for failing to recognise the "urgency of the situation", and described them as "an exercise in kicking the issue further down the road."


"Three-pronged approach"


The Welsh Government has today set out its "three-pronged approach” to addressing the second homes crisis.


The three-pronged approach will focus on:

  • Support – addressing affordability and availability of housing,

  • regulatory framework and system- covering planning law and the introduction of a statutory registration scheme for holiday accommodation; and

  • a fairer contribution – using national and local taxation systems to ensure second home owners make a fair and effective contribution to the communities in which they buy.


The Welsh Government said that the measures would be introduced in a "pilot area" where they will be "trialled and evaluated before being considered for wider rollout".


The Welsh Government also announced that a "registration scheme for all holiday accommodation" and a "consultation on changes to local taxes to manage the impact of second homes and self-catered accommodation", will begin over the summer.

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