Second homes damage East Devon economy, according to industry body and other news.

07:00 05 November 2012

(c) Erik Snyder

Second homes in East Devon are “hugely detrimental” to the district’s economy according to the National Housing Federation. Read this and more.

SECOND HOME WARNING: There are 7,227 second homes in East Devon and, according to the National Housing Federation, they are “hugely detrimental” to the district’s economy and are damaging communities.

It says, with the second homes standing empty for much of the time, shops are being hit.

Long-term, second homes could affect the sustainability of village shops, schools and pubs.

Second homeowners make up 5.5 per cent of residents in East Devon.

The figures were published by the Office of National Statistics as the National Housing Federation, published a report, Home Truths 2012, which revealed that rents are set to rise.

Jenny Allen, the federation’s manager for the South West, said: “The high number of second homes has helped push house prices up, taking them out of reach for local people.

“If families and young people in the region are priced out of their local villages, it can have a hugely damaging impact on community life, with village shops, schools and pubs closing as a result.”

----

DANCE: Dance students from Exmouth Community College recently teamed up with professionals in a bid to boost their exam grades.

Dancers from Motionhouse Dance Company, plus trainee teachers from Exeter University, worked with the GCSE and A-level students, supporting their practical work in the lead-up to their performance exams.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Local dignitries at the gardening event at the Honiton Hospice day care centre. Ref mhh 5386-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A team from Honiton Round Table and other volunteers gave their time to help plant the garden at Hospiscare’s new day hospice in Honiton.

Read more
07:00

Devon Freewheelers operates daily ‘hand-to-mouth’, never knowing where its next penny will come from.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30
The Lions' Santa float could enjoy an even brighter welcome when it visits Colyton again this year. Photo Ian Barradale.

An offer is in place to brighten up the town with new Christmas lights this year.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30
Picture credit: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire

Five candidates for Tiverton and Honiton have been answering questions at various hustings events.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:08
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:59
Pupils at All Saints Primary School celebrate their glowing Ofsted report. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Ofsted inspectors rate it ‘good with oustanding features’

Read more
Thu, 15:30
Fire crews pump out the Axminster hair and beauty salon. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Axminster hair and beauty salon gets a wash and dry

Read more
Thu, 11:30
Anne Barratt receives her BEM fpr services to young people in Dunjeswell at a ceremony at County Hall recently. Ref mhh BEM 4. Picture: Matt Austin

Anne Barratt has been Dunkeswell Youth Club’s chairman since it formed 12 years ago.

Read more
Thu, 07:05
The late Lisa Williamson

Night worker Lisa Williamson may have fallen asleep at the wheel, an inquest is told

Read more
Wed, 15:00
Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1256-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers’ founder Daniel Lavery’s life changed forever in 2005 when his wife, Shelley collapsed while pregnant with their youngest child.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder