One feature looked at the pressures and possible solutions from the attractive and affected rural areas, while Richard Ehrman argued that planning restrictions - real or imagined - led to councils not allowing enough new houses to be built in the countryside.
Stan Collins, a spokesman for the Second Homes Project for South Lakeland DC, is working with colleagues and the Local Government Association on setting up a potential deterrent for second-home owners. He not only wants the 50% rebate on council tax for second-homers removed, he wants them to be charged double the amount charged to full-time residents. The scheme has been put before government.
Michael gates, a Labour councillor on North Norfolk DC agrees. He saud:'The influx of second-homers has seen the price of three-bedroom houses in coastal villages shoot up from£40,000 to£77,000 in the past few years. Reforming the council tax situation is the only chance we have of redressing the balance'.