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Welsh Government announcement on second homes crisis “extremely disappointing”, says Senedd member

Siân Gwenllian (Image: Welsh Parliament) Second Home (Image: Gwalia)

Plaid Cymru MS Siân Gwenllian has said that the Welsh Government's plans to tackle the second homes crisis, announced yesterday, are “vastly insufficient”.

The MS for Arfon described the plans as "ambiguous" and "lacking in details", and said that they would "not provide the radical change that our young people need".

She said: “Today’s [Tuesday's] announcement is extremely disappointing - it is not a plan but merely three short and ambiguous statements that are completely lacking in details.

“They will not address the ever-growing crisis facing our communities.

“Consultations and pilots will not provide the radical change that our young people need."

"Three-pronged approach"

On Tuesday, the Welsh Government 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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