Scilly Amongst Highest Rate Of Second Homes

Scilly still has the second highest number of second homes of any local authority area in the UK.

Latest census figures show that there are 121 second homeowners for every 1000 residents here, that’s just behind the City of London. And 266 people who have a primary residence elsewhere recorded another property on the islands during the 2011 census.

The Office of National Statistics data reveals Scilly has the third highest number of people who have a main residence in another area, but who live in a second home while they work here. That’s 27 out of 1000, meaning 59 people.

And when it comes to second homeowners using their property purely for holidays, we’re 5th on the list, with 45 per thousand residents, after Gwynedd in North Wales with 64 per thousand, North Norfolk, South Lakeland and the South Hams of Devon.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden says the high proportion of second homes reflects the desirability of owning a property in such an attractive location. The Council Planning Department don’t prevent properties being used as second homes unless there is a specific planning condition or a section 106 restricting it to locals or key workers.

Craig says some ex-Council houses can be subject to a covenant restricting occupancy too.

Planning permission for new homes require restrictions that prevent them being used as second homes.