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ISLES OF SCILLY APPLIES FOR HOLIDAY HOME TAX AS PROPERTY PRICES SOAR

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Isles of Scilly Council has appealed to the government for powers to restrict the sale of second homes as property ...
Isles of Scilly Council has appealed to the government for powers to restrict the sale of second homes as property prices have soared, reports The Times (p7).

Environment secretary John Prescott has been asked to grant the council secondary legislation that would allow it to charge second home owners more tax.

Don McKee, the council's chief planning officer, said: 'They [the DETR] are still thinking about it. We need the legislation to try to make sure permanent accommodation is available.'

The council has already persuaded the government to allow it to increase the period after which it must house the homeless from six months to two-and-a-half years.

A DETR spokesman said the council's chances were slim because the proposal could lead to similar applications from people living in other popular UK tourist destinations such as the Peak District and the Lake District.
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