Don’t ‘focus’ on second homes to tackle housing crisis, says Tory MP
The “focus” of tackling the housing crisis on Anglesey should not be on second homes, according to a Tory MP.
Virginia Crosbie, said she agrees housing on the island is in crisis, but claimed that second home owners are not the “root” of the problem.
She made the comments in the wake of figures from the Land Registry show a 16% spike in house prices on the island in a year.
The MP called on the Welsh Government to build more affordable homes so that people can “stay in their communities”.
Anglesey council has put a premium on council tax for empty homes and second homes, and started a programme of building social housing to try to get to grips with the issue.
Virginia Crosbie told BBC Wales: “House prices are spiralling out of control and some people put that down to second homes but it’s actually much more complicated than that.
“If we focus on second home owners then we’re not going to get to the root of this significant problem.
“It absolutely is a crisis. When I speak to young people on the island they tell me they want to afford to buy their own homes to stay in their communities and to bring up their families and to protect the Welsh language and culture here.
“This crisis has been a car crash waiting to happen. What we want to see is the Welsh Government building affordable homes in places and communities where people want to live.”
A Welsh Government spokesperson said it was “committed to building high quality affordable homes for all”.
The spokesperson added: “We are well aware of, and concerned about, the impact large numbers of second homes can have in some parts of Wales.”
“We are committed to building an additional 20,000 low carbon homes across Wales and developing a Welsh language community housing plan.”
The leader of Anglesey council – Plaid Cymru’s Llinos Medi Huws. has said she has faced difficulty in buying a home on the island: “Only two years ago I was able to buy a terraced house here in Llannerchymedd for me and my children.
“But without the support of my mother I wouldn’t be able to afford the deposit. To think about buying a house today would be impossible for me.”
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