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The is­sue of sec­ond homes left empty for much of the year re­mains a con­tentious one. In­flated prices make it next to im­pos­si­ble for young peo­ple in pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions to buy homes. There’s been much talk of mea­sures to ad­dress this but very lit­tle ac­tion. It’s worth bear­ing in mind, how­ever, that th­ese cot­tages were orig­i­nally lo­cally owned. When I raised the is­sue in Looe, I was forcibly re­minded that the quaint lit­tle hol­i­day lets in the old town were orig­i­nally dark, damp, cramped and tiny – fine when nicely done up for a week or a fort­night in the sum­mer but pretty dis­mal to spend a life­time in.

Tom Fort spent 22 years in the BBC Ra­dio news­room be­fore be­com­ing an au­thor. His lat­est book, Chan­nel Shore (Si­mon and Schus­ter, £14.99), was a BBC Ra­dio 4 Book of the week.

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