The seaside resort of St Ives has voted to ban the construction of second homes after a shortage of affordable housing was blamed on a huge increase in Cornish holiday properties.
Because the town is a popular tourist destination, the market for second homes has catapulted.
St Ives is also known as Kensington-on-Sea because so many wealthy holidaymakers own properties there. Complaints have arisen that this trend has led to rising market values and skyrocketing summer rents, both of which make it difficult for local residents to remain in the area.
In 2013 Devon communities Lynmouth and Lynton banned new second homes. Councils in north Devon, Derbyshire Dales, the Lake District, and the Isle of Wight are all considering similar measures.
In a recent poll, approximately 83.2% of voters supported the St Ives Area Neighbourhood Development Plan, which includes the promise to limit ownership of second homes. They backed proposals to provide new housing developments with planning permission only if the homes are reserved for people who live in the area year-round.
The referendum called upon residents to support a ban on building any homes other than principal residences, although older properties would still be available for purchase by those looking for second homes in St Ives.