Dales has highest number of holiday homes

A REPORT from The National Housing Federation revealed almost three per cent of Derbyshire Dales houses are now second homes.

The organisation found the Dales has the highest proportion of second homes in the East Midlands, with no other area having more than one per cent.

Cllr Colin Swindell, District Council ward member for Winster and South Darley, said laws were needed to control the rise in part-time housing.

He said: “We need to strike the right balance between both homes in the village to attract tourism and support the local economy but also at the same time make sure holiday homes don’t take over villages and reduce the amount of housing for locals.

“I think anyone who wishes to convert a property in to a holiday let should be applying for change of use through the local authority.

“Winster has quite a significant number of holiday homes but it has not reached crisis point yet.

“There could come a point in the future when the number of holiday lets will impact on the sustainability of the village.

“I think it should be kept under review by parish and I welcome the review of council tax discounts.”