Another coastal community has agreed curbs on second homes and holiday lets.

Villagers in Blakeney, near Holt, have passed a neighbourhood plan which stipulates new properties must be principal residences, with the onus on owners to prove that they live in them.

It comes after similar measures were passed in Burnham Market, while villagers in Sedgeford, Heacham, Snettisham and Holme-next-the-Sea have also agreed restrictions.

The blueprint for Blakeney also states existing properties should not be converted into holiday lets unless developers can show that they will not have an adverse impact on the community, by causing problems with parking or noise.

The vote in Blakeney was 141 to 16 (89.8pc) in favour of the neighbourhood plan, which will now be used by North Norfolk Council to decide future planning applications.

The plan states 44pc of the 706 properties in Blakeney are second homes or holiday lets.

It adds: "Communities are being eroded through the amount of properties not occupied on a permanent basis.

"The number of ‘second homes’ and ‘holiday homes’ is a concern of local residents and seen as a key sustainability issue for Blakeney."

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The neighbourhood plan states house prices in Blakeney have risen by almost 50pc since 2017, while 78pc of villagers taking part in a community consultation said there should be a limit on the number of second homes.

Detached properties in Blakeney now sell for an average of £925,103 according to online property portal Rightmove, while the average for all types of property in the village is £747,832.

In the plan's foreword Sam Curtis, chair of the neighbourhood plan steering group and Rosemary Thew, chair of the parish council, say: "We believe it could make a real difference to the future of Blakeney and its residents."