A RECENT report has showed that 40% of homes sold in Gwynedd last year were sold as holiday homes.
And a new development on adjoining Ynys Mon shows how shameless this process actually is by now.
A company called ‘Anglesey Homes’ are quite blatantly selling two new housing developments, one in Llanfaelog and one in Rhosneigr to ‘smart investors’ as holiday homes to let.
The developments (10 flats and 9 townhouses) are touted by the company as ‘very desirable buy to let investments’.
The company’s website makes a mockery of its ‘Anglesey Homes’ title, since there is no reference to the housing needs of the local population at all.
The £389,000 price tag for the townhouses makes that absolutely clear for all to see.
The marketing is in fact geared entirely towards individuals looking at the ‘potential of owning a holiday home’.
Originally, an element of affordable housing was included in these developments, but once that planning application lapsed, a new application was approved with no mention of affordable housing at all.
Questions need to be asked of Ynys Mon Council, why the original clause concerning affordable housing was allowed to disappear so easily.
But the wider question is why do we allow such exploitative use of land and resources in rural Wales, with tourism allowed to have such a tyrannical hold on our communities?
GWLAD, the new nationalist party for Wales, are proposing some radical changes to tame the tourist monster once and for all.
The half-hearted measures and platitudes expressed by all the established parties concerning tourism will not suffice any more.
Therefore, amongst the party’s policies at next year’s Senedd Election will be:
- A 500% council tax on all holiday homes.
- A tourist tax per night, similar to the one in place in many other cities and nations in Europe.
- Limit numbers to environmentally sensitive areas (e.g a permit system for the three national parks)
- An emphasis on quality serviced accommodation and a phasing out of large caravan sites over time.
- A new Welsh School of Tourism (similar to the well-regarded New Zealand model) to raise quality and standards within the tourist industry.
Something has definitely shifted here in Wales these past few months.
People are now looking for brand new answers to saturation tourism and all its negative environmental, social and cultural side-effects.
We look forward to taking part in a wide-ranging debate about how to create a new, manageable tourism model for Wales.