“Holidaymakers can opt for accommodation that doesn’t exacerbate the housing shortage, such as renting a room in an owner’s home, rather than a whole flat or cottage. Families could choose a cabin, caravan or campsite. Or how about trying a B&B or a local hotel.” [Oliver Berry]
The ‘housing crisis’ has been with us for a long time – and there are all sorts of ‘solutions’ out there, for example: A solution to our rural housing crisis: community-led housing – Vision Group for Sidmouth
Another issue is the dominance of AirBnB and second homes – which is also an issue in the Sid Valley: Sidmouth, housing to rent and AirBnB – Vision Group for Sidmouth
However, it shouldn’t be seen as a matter of locals versus tourists when it comes to accommodation: Housing in Devon: locals vs tourists? – Vision Group for Sidmouth
Instead, perhaps visitors could be encouraged to stay in more traditional holiday accommodation.
Here are some great ideas: 6 Ethical Alternatives to Airbnb for Responsible Tourists
The successful writer Oliver Berry is based in the South West – but has problems finding a place to live: Oliver Berry | Writer & Photographer Oliver Berry
Here he is writing in the i-newspaper – and offers some ‘solutions’ to the rural housing crisis:
The system isn’t working, and everyone in Cornwall knows it. But how can it be reversed?
Punitive council tax increases on second and holiday homes would be a first step. Another would be mandatory planning applications for any change from a permanent to a part-time residence. A registration and licensing system for short-term lets and second homes would allow Cornwall to take back control of its housing stock and enable communities to decide the appropriate level of part-time homes. Cracking down on business loopholes and priority purchase schemes for local buyers would help, too.
Most of these powers aren’t devolved to Cornwall – and even if they were, it would take years for them to have a discernible effect.
Holidaymakers who choose to visit the country can create more immediate change. They can opt for accommodation that doesn’t exacerbate the housing shortage, such as renting a room in an owner’s home, rather than a whole flat or cottage. Families could choose a cabin, caravan or campsite, all of which are less likely to take homes off the rental market. Or how about trying a B&B or a local hotel.