Debate ensues between councillors at Cotswold District Council meeting over holiday homes in the Water Park
LUXURY holiday homes within the Cotswold Water Park are being used all year round despite occupancy restrictions put in place by Cotswold District Council, according to a Liberal Democrat councillor.
Cllr Juliet Layton made the claim at Tuesday’s council meeting when she said: “It is noticeable that holiday homes in the Water Park are still being advertised for full time occupancy.”
She then proceeded to question the council as to why it was still happening and what it intends to do to stop it for good.
CDC has strict guidelines about using holiday homes as a permanent residence and states that the properties cannot be used all year round.
Currently, holiday homes in the Water Park are only available for use in 11 months of the year – no occupation is permitted between January 5 and February 5.
Cllr Sue Jepson responded to the question and said: “The council does not have any control over how any company or business advertises its goods or services.
“If it comes to our attention that a property that has a restrictive occupancy condition is advertised for sale or to let, and the advertisement does not mention that it is for holiday purposes only, then our enforcement officers do contact the estate agents.”
Cllr Jepson also made the point that some properties on the Water Park are available for use in every month of the year.
However, unsatisfied with Cllr Jepson’s response, Cllr Layton claimed that Cllr Jepson was missing the point of the question and simply reiterating what she had already said at past meetings.
Cllr Layton said: “The fact is that estate agents are still advertising holiday homes for longer than CDC’s maximum occupancy recommendation.
“CDC’s recommendations are being blatantly ignored and is causing a threat to the Water Park.”
Cllr Jepson responded by saying that there are many pages of material on CDC’s website for people to read about occupancy.
She concluded by saying that CDC will act if Cllr Layton provides a list of estate agents who are breaking the recommendations.
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