Cromer Town Council in Norfolk contacted the Norfolk and National Associations of Local Councils in late summer 2017 seeking a route to progress concerns about the problems with second home ownership (locally and nationally) and their impact upon residents.  Accordingly Cromer Town Council, supported by NALC, would like to submit a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act for legislative change to enable better funding for services provided to permanent residents in areas with a particularly high proportion of second homes and holiday homes.

The National Association does have a related position on this matter from some years ago seeking a consequence tax on second homes being unused or empty for more than 6 months.  Please complete the survey and circulate to all member councils in your areas. 

The responses to this survey will help support the proposal to be submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government by around Easter 2018 under the Act, by Cromer Town Council.  The Government have asked that we support that request with evidence that the change is required. To that end we would ask if you could complete the attached short survey by 7 February 2018 (the Town Council hope to submit their proposal to DCLG with their evidence report by Easter 2018).  It will take just 10 minutes to complete. 

* 1. Please tell us the name of your local council

* 2. Please tell us the name of the county where your local council is situated

* 3. Does your town or parish have more than 10% of  housing stock as second homes or holiday homes (either second home council tax or business rates)?

* 4. Does your County Council (or Unitary Authority)  allocate any financial support directly to town and parish councils with high levels of second homes?

* 5. If you answered yes to question 4, what support does your County Council (or Unitary Council) provide to your parish or town council? Please enter an amount in £

* 6. If applicable, does your County Council allocate any financial support for second homes to your District Council?

* 7. If you answered yes to question 6, what funding does your County Council allocate to your District Council? Please enter an amount in £

* 8. If applicable, does your District Council allocate second home council tax income to those town and parish councils with high levels of second homes?

* 9. If you answered yes to question 6, what funding does your District Council allocate to town and parish councils? Please enter an amount in £

* 10. Do you consider that the level of second homes in your town or parish has impacted detrimentally on the facilities, services, infrastructure and viability of the community?

* 11. If you answered yes to question 8, what services and facilities do you feel your parish needs to develop in order to overcome the impact of second homes?

* 12. Please rank the following in order of importance (with one being the most important and eight the least important)

* 13. Does your parish or town council have a neighbourhood plan in place?

* 14. If you answered yes to question 11, does your neighbourhood plan have a mechanism to manage the number of second homes in your town or parish?

* 15. If you answered yes to question 12, what mechanism does your neighbourhood plan have to manage the number of second homes in your town or parish?

* 16. Has that mechanism been effective in reducing the impact on the community of high levels of second homes?

* 17. If you answered no to question 14, do you have another mechanism for managing the number of second homes?

* 18. Does your council tax collecting authority offer a discount on second homes?

* 19. If you answered yes to question 16, what percentage discount does your local authority offer on second homes?

* 20. Does your council tax collecting authority charge more than 100% of council tax on second homes?

* 21. Please include other comments you wish to make about tackling the impact of second homes on local communities or the support being provided in your own area.

* 22. What percentage of houses considered to be within the reach of first time buyers, but used as second homes, have undergone substantial improvement likely to put them beyond the reach of a first time buyer?

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