St Ives Second Home High Court Ruling

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has welcomed a High Court ruling that St Ives can keep its ban on second homes.

In May more than 80% of St Ives residents voted through its Neighbourhood Plan to reserve new homes for full-time residents and restrict the number of second and holiday homes in the area.
Penzance architects RLT Built Environment had challenged Cornwall Council’s decision to allow the referendum to go ahead but last week, the High Court ruled the policy is compatible with human rights, and the outcome of referendum standards.
Mr Thomas said:

“This ruling (in support of the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan) is positive for both St Ives and also the neighbourhood planning process.

“What we need to remember is that while the challenge was one element regarding new buildings being restricted to primary residents, the whole plan presents some exciting opportunities for St Ives to retain its cultural significance whilst addressing some of the challenges around housing and the local economy.

“A number of very dedicated people including volunteers prepared and campaigned in support of this plan and I am glad that they have been supported by this ruling.”

In giving his ruling, Mr Justice Hickinbottom said he did not find “any of the grounds (for appeal) strong – and I have expressly found some to be unarguable”.