Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.
The Leader of South Hams District Council has written to the Ministry of
Housing, Communities and Local Government to urge the Government to close a tax
loophole which allows second home owners to avoid paying any tax on their
Currently, owners of second homes can decide whether to register their properties for council tax or business rates. To qualify for business rates, the property must be available for let for a minimum of 140 days per year.
If registered for business rates, the owners of the properties can then apply for Small Business Rate Relief, and in most cases, this removes the charge completely.
Recently, the Government has consulted on a number of proposals to ensure fairer funding for local authorities in the coming years. Councillors from across the board at South Hams District Council feel that the proposals do not go far enough and do not support the Government view.
The District Council Network has put forward an alternative system where self-catering holiday accommodation is taxed through the council tax system, and members across the political spectrum at South Hams District Council strongly support this.
“It cannot be right that second home owners can let out their properties for hundreds of pounds a week, or even more, and pay absolutely nothing into the local economy. They are using local services and infrastructure like roads, and contributing nothing towards it.”
Records show that there are 1358 business rated properties in the South Hams which are second homes or holiday lets. If each property paid their fair share, an extra £2.47 million would be available for South Hams District Council, Devon County Council and the Emergency Services. The share of this to South Hams District Council would be about £223,000.
Cllr Tucker continued: “At a time when local authorities are struggling to maintain public services and our emergency services are under increasing pressures, the current system is fundamentally unfair. Small business rate relief was implemented to support our small businesses, village halls and local shops, not to allow people to dodge their responsibilities.”
Copies of the letter - South Hams District Council Consultation Response - were also sent to the local MPs, Dr Sarah Wollaston and Sir Gary Streeter, as well as Rishi Sunak (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Local Government Association and District Councils Network.