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Claims Second Homes Are Damaging Dorset

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11:46am 19th November 2012

Second homes are damaging communities in Dorset and pushing up house prices according to the National Housing Federation.

New figures show there are nearly 7,000 second homes in West Dorset and 2,500 in Weymouth and Portland.

The federation says they often stand empty for much of the year which can impact on local shops and services who struggle to survive outside holiday season.

Jenny Allen, South West lead manager for the National Housing Federation, said: 'The high number of second homes across the South West has helped push prices up, taking them out of reach for local people. If families and young people in the region are priced out of their local villages, it can have a hugely damaging impact on community life, with village shops, schools and pubs closing as a result.

'Our national Home Truths report shows that the rising cost of rents and house prices is stopping people's aspirations.

Unless we build more affordable homes in the South West, local people will continue to be priced out of rural areas, and the countryside will increasingly become a place for the well off to enjoy at weekends.'

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