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The St Ives referendum on second homes is a protest against success

"Local politics reduced to pointless populist posturing"

By John McTernan  

St. Ives, Cornwall ©Char

On 5th May the town of St Ives in Cornwall will hold a referendum on second homes. Burdened by its own popularity—a couple of years ago it was the ideal place to live in the UK—locals are striking back at holidaying visitors and the second homes they buy in the town. The proposal put on the ballot is to amend planning decisions so that, while homes already built in the town could still be sold on to new-comers, brand new developments can only be sold to those who live…

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