Map shows UK ‘ghost towns’ which have been taken over by holiday homes

Map shows UK'ghost towns' which have been taken over by holiday homes

The most popular areas for second homes have been revealed (Image: Getty Images)

Parts of the UK are at risk of becoming ‘ghost towns’ due to the influx of second homes.

A new map has revealed which areas of the country are most commonly attacked by city dwellers eyeing a rural base.

Salcombe in Devon is the most desirable area, followed by Falmouth in Cornwall and North Berwick in Scotland.

Cornwall, where frustrated residents graffitied walls in protest at second homes, topped the list.

St Ives, Newquay, Padstow and Bude are all included on the list compiled by Rightmove.

House prices in Cornwall have risen year on year, which has angered locals trying to get into the property market.

The rising number of second homes has led to locals attacking properties with huge graffiti in protest.

A scrawled on a wall in the village of St Agnes was: “Secondary homeowners give back: Rent or sell your vacant homes to locals at a fair price.”

The most desirable second homes for UK city dwellers UK map

according to RightMove Caption: Most desirable second homes for British urbanites UK map

Meanwhile in Devon, a couple with £500,000 in the bank said they could be forced out because outsiders have pushed up house prices.

They claimed they could “land up in a tent in a field” in their struggle to find an affordable home.

And last night there was an overwhelming vote in Whitby not to allow new properties to become holiday rentals or second homes.

Frustrated residents say “crazy” house prices are forcing locals out of town, leaving it as a “theme park.”

In a rare community poll in North Yorkshire’s tourist hotspot on Monday, 93% of respondents agreed to limit redevelopment to “full-time local employment” to show unity with no power to bind policymakers.

Activists said Thursday something needed to be done to stop young people leaving the old fishing port and to make it easier to attract teachers, doctors and other key workers who have been evicted from the city.

Councilor Phil Trumper has said a three-bedroom house on Church Street in the heart of the tourist district would have cost £25,000-30,000 in the early 1990s but is now selling for over £500,000.

Mr Trumper said: “I’ve lived in this part of town all my life and we had a proper community down there in the ’80s.

“But nobody lives down there now. It’s basically going to be an amusement park. And that’s something we don’t want.”

He said: “I think we’re at a tipping point.

Rooftops of Whitby Abbey at sea and steps.

Whitby residents say the second home situation is ‘crazy’ (Picture: Getty Images)

“We’re losing a lot of the housing stock to vacation rentals, which is driving up property prices, making it unaffordable for young people who were born here and want to live and work here.

‘You must move out of town.

“So we’re kind of losing all these young people that we need to keep the city viable.”

Mr Trumper said: “It’s difficult at the moment. Restaurants can’t find cooks, there is difficulty finding doctors for the hospital, teachers don’t want to move here because it’s too expensive to find a house.’

The councilor said it hoped a decision by Scarborough Borough Council earlier this year to include a primary ownership scheme in the local plan would help with new developments, but saw no immediate solution for existing properties.

The quaint English seaside town of Whitby, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Whitby, where Bram Stoker found inspiration for Dracula, is popular with tourists (Image: Getty Images)

He said the problem needs to be addressed at a national level, with the planning system being changed so that change of use to holiday accommodation could be restricted in certain circumstances.

“I think the government needs to look at these issues really seriously because it’s not just about Whitby,” he said.

“It’s communities across the country that are affected.”

In Monday night’s poll, 2,111 voters agreed that “all new construction and additional housing in the parish of Whitby be restricted to full-time employment on site as a principal residence only and forever (permanently)” with just 157 voting against, the council confirmed Scarborough .

The election, called following a town meeting last month, fails to impose any policy, and the council said it is “no more and no less than an expression of the views of the ward voters who took part in the poll , and is not binding on any organization”.

About 23% of the 10,000 eligible voters took part in the election.

A study of council tax records in 2021 found that just under 20% of all homes in Whitby were either holiday rentals or second homes.

Census information from 2001 showed the number was about 8% at the time.

A second question from the poll was whether Whitby should remain on the Scarborough Area Committee when Scarborough Borough Council becomes part of the new North Yorkshire unitary authority.

Only 253 voters said yes, 1,982 said no.

Whitby Community Network said in a statement on Tuesday: “The poll results clearly show the strength of feelings in the local community regarding these two issues.

“We trust our elected councilors to take note and take action.

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Over in Cornwall, angry residents have started graffiti on second homes (Image: Jory Mundy/SWNS)

“Thank you to all the people who helped run the election – to all the voters who showed up in person – and to all the staff who took part in the nightly count.”

On Tuesday, online estate agents were offering a three-bedroom townhouse about half a mile from the city center for £385,000.

A three-bedroom house a little further from the center was on the market for £350,000.

A two bedroom apartment near the main beach at West Cliff has been advertised for £275,000.

According to the Land Registry, the average house price in the Yorkshire and Humber region was £199,939 in February 2022.

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