[NOTE: Councillors D.C.
Evans, K.V. Broom, S.M. Allen, R. James, H.A.L. Evans, J.G.
Prosser, K. Lloyd, S.A. Curry, B. Thomas, D.M. Cundy, E. Dole, J.
K. Howell, G.R. Jones, B.D.J. Phillips, L.D. Evans, S.L. Davies, G.
Davies and A.S.J. McPherson earlier declared
interests in this item and were not present during consideration of
the item. Cllr. A.D.T. Speak had also
declared an interest but remained in the meeting as the Notice of
Motion did not relate to the type of interest declared by
considered the following Notice of Motion submitted by Councillor
that 1,118 homes in Carmarthenshire are defined as second
homes. A second home is defined as a
property that is not the sole or main dwelling of the
notes that there has been a recent increase across Wales in the
number of houses being bought as second homes or holiday homes for
rent or letting as AirBnB (including Carmarthenshire). In some
parts of the country as much as 40% of the housing stock is a
second home. As a result local people (especially young people)
find it difficult if not impossible to buy a property as they are
too often priced out of the housing market. This obviously has a
detrimental effect on the demography of the area, social cohesion
and the Welsh language.
Carmarthenshire County Council welcomes Welsh Government’s
intention to add a 1% increase in Land Transaction Tax on the
purchase of a second home we do not believe it goes far enough to
meet the housing crisis facing some of our rural communities. We
therefore call on Welsh Government to:
planning laws to ensure that planning permission must be sought for
the change of use of a primary dwelling into a second home /
local authorities, in consultation with the local community, to set
a 'cap' on the number of second homes in each ward, and allow the
use of Section 106 agreements to prevent new properties from being
used as second homes in wards with an unacceptable proportion of
a licensing system for managing the conversion of a residential
property into a commercial unit such as a holiday unit / house or
the loophole that allows second homes to register as businesses in
order to opt out of paying domestic rates and Council Tax Premiums,
and take advantage of business rate relief;
legislation to further increase the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) on
the purchase of second properties.
these policy changes have been approved by Welsh Government,
Carmarthenshire County Council will then consider charging a
Council Tax Premium of at least 200% on second
The motion was duly
The proposer and
seconder of the Motion were afforded the opportunity of speaking in
support thereof and outlined the reasons for its submission, as set
out in the Motion.
A number of statements were made both in
support of and against the Motion.
RESOLVED that the
Notice of Motion be supported and referred to Welsh Government.