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Young people struggling with lack of affordable housing in South West

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Young people in South East Cornwall are protesting tonight over a lack of affordable housing in their towns and villages.

Up to 80% of properties in coastal areas are second homes, pushing the average house price to half a million pounds.

Many people want to live in the area they grew up but a chronic shortage of housing means this is not always an option.

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The South West is the second-home capital of England and Wales, with the highest proportions of holiday properties per head of population.

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There are plans to find a solution, in Cawsand a community project is underway to convert a derelict pub into affordable housing.

The man leading the project, Simon Ryan, says "there needs to be a shift in the way people perceive rented housing.

"It's a new programme, Cornwall homes, which is the council recognising the problem and starting to work on it".