This title was first published in 2000: Improved communication links between urban and rural areas and an increase in property prices in urban regions have made commuting an attractive option for European town and city dwellers eager to 'escape' urban living. This has lead to a proliferation of second homes in certain remote or deep rural areas, and this trend is compounding problems that are already affecting the indigenous populations in these areas - such as socio-economic decline, agricultural depression, a lack of services, and unaffordable house prices. Consequently, many politicians in European Member States are calling for the introduction of housing and planning laws to control the proliferation of second home ownership. This book addresses the origins of second home growth, the nature of ownership and demand, the economic costs and benefits and the environmental and social impacts of second homes. It also considers policy and practical responses at European, UK and local levels. The book will be invaluable reading for students and policy analysts in the fields of rural geography, planning, politics, housing studies and cultural studies.
’…the discussion of research about second homes in other European states makes the book especially interesting…this book is well worth reading for geographers and planners interested in rural second homes.’ Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
Contents: Central Themes of Rural Second Homes: Introduction; The origins of growth; Ownership and demand; Economic costs and benefits; Environmental and social impacts. Policy and Practical Responses in Europe and the United Kingdom: European perspectives; Housing policy responses in the UK; The British planning policy process; Local rural change; Conclusions; Bibliography.