Surplus Homes

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th September 2011.

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Photo of Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Conservative, Sittingbourne and Sheppey

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has considered taking steps to ensure better use of surplus holiday homes.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

I know my hon. Friend sees surplus holiday homes as a potential source of affordable housing.

Government reforms give high priority to housing supply, and the draft National Planning Policy Framework urges authorities to recognise the benefits of housing growth.

We will not, though, insist that permission should always be granted for using or redeveloping of holiday homes as permanent dwellings.

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