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Another massive vote banning new-build holiday homes

Part of the South Hams area, a popular tourist hotspot in south Devon, has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on new-build homes being sold as holiday properties.

No fewer than 92.67 per cent of the turnout in a referendum at Thurlestone voted in favour of the proposal - worded as: “Do you want South Hams District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Thurlestone to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Just 7.33 per cent voted against.


It is now likely that this will be enacted, bringing this tourist area in line with several others in the UK in banning new-build holiday homes.

Last month some 90 per cent of those who voted in the tiny Cornish port of Mevagissey backed a local plan which would outlaw new-build second homes - although as with the measures in other locations, this would have no impact on existing homes which could still be sold to holiday buyers.

This follows a similar restriction backed by a majority of voters in nearby St Ives in 2016, and one last year at Seahouses in Northumberland.


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