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Voters approve ban on second homes

The Cornish seaside town of St. Ives has voted to stop the building of second homes.

A referendum for the 12,000 residents of St Ives was held after a surge in holiday homes in the Cornish town and a shortage of affordable housing.

The referendum for the residents of St Ives was held after a surge in second homes in the town. Credit: ITV West Country

It's been nicknamed Kensington-on-Sea because of the number of rich holidaymakers who own houses there - but now of St Ives has spoken out on the number of holiday homes in the town.

More than 80% of voters backed the ban.

THE STATS

  • Turnout was 42.7%
  • Yes votes 3,075 (83.2%)
  • No votes 616 (16.7%)
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