Post by Optimist Post by News Post by 77002
Proper urban development will beget more business rates and council
tax, so there is local government interest here. As more homes are
built the market loosens and becomes more affordable.
If there is an oversupply of offices and shops, rents and therefore
rateable values will decrease. There is no sense in having empty
commercial properties unless rents are rising quickly. Remember
Centre Point was a ploy to not pay any taxes to the council as the
building was not completed and waiting because the land prices were
rocketing because the boom in the economy meant community created
economic growth soaked into the land and crystallized as land
values. That is where land values come from - economic community
activity not the landowner. In short the landowner was freeloading.
Post by 77002
Unless the UK indulges in another round of building "new towns", the
national housing shortage is actually only solvable at the local
level. In other words build homes where the people and jobs are, or
move the people and jobs.
I lot of sense in that. But the archaic Stalinist Town & Country
Planning act prevents building on green fields. Only 7.5% of the
UKs land mass is settled and that figure includes green spaces and
gardens which brings masonry on land to about 2.5%. Ignore
right-wing propaganda that we are concreting over the Countryside.
England already has over 400 people per square kilometre, one of the
most crowded in Europe.
That figure is meaningless. Again... Only 7.5% of the UKs land mass is
settled and that figure includes green spaces and gardens which brings
masonry on land to about 2.5%.
Post by Optimist
As we have to import much of our food, we
are vulnerable to worldwide food shortages.
There are never world wide food shortage, only regional crop failures. Fast
ships mean we can import food from around the world preventing famines.
Far too much land is given over to agriculture, about 78%, which only
accounts for about 2.5% of the UK economy. This poor performing over
subsidised industry is absorbing land that could be better used economically
in commerce and for much needed spacious higher quality homes for the
population. Much of the land is paid to remain idle out of our taxes. The UK
could actually abandon most of agriculture and import most of its food, as
food is obtainable cheaper elsewhere.
50% of the EU budget is allocated to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
CAP is supporting a lifestyle of a very small minority of country dwellers
in a poor performing industry. In effect that is its prime function.
The city of Sheffield, a one industry city of steel, was virtually killed by
allowing imports of cheaper steel from abroad. This created great misery and
distress to its large population. Yet agriculture is subsidised to the hilt
having land allocated to it which clearly can be better utilised for the
greater good of British society.
The justification for subsidising agriculture is that we need to eat. We
also need steel and cars in our modern society, yet the auto and steel
industries were allowed to fall away to cheaper competition from abroad, and
especially the Far East. Should taxpayers money be propping up an
economically small industry that consumes vast tracts of land that certainly
could be better used? What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
The overall agricultural subsidy is over £5 billion per year. This is £5
billion to an industry whose total turnover is only £15 billion per annum.
Unbelievable. This implies huge inefficiency in the agricultural industry,
about 40% on the £15 billion figure. Applied to the acres agriculture
absorbs, and approximately 16 million acres are uneconomic. Apply real
economics to farming and you theoretically free up 16 million acres, which
is near 27% of the total UK land mass.
This is land that certainly could be put to better use for the population of
the UK. Allowing the population to spread out and live amongst nature is
highly desirable and simultaneously lowering land prices. This means lower
house prices which the UK desperately needs. Second country homes could be
within reach of much of the population, as in Scandinavia, creating large
recreation and construction industries, and keeping the population in touch
with the nature of their own country. In Germany the population have access
to large forests which are heavily used at weekends. Forests and woods are
ideal for recreation and absorb CO2 cleaning up the atmosphere. Much land
could be turned over to public forests.
Post by Optimist
causing problems with the hydrology, as heavy rainfall is flushed out
to sea rather than recharge the aquifers.
As only 2.5% of the UK has masonry on it that is far fetched to say the
least. New developments have separate rainwater drains that feed water that
is used for potable uses.
Post by Optimist
We should be making sure that empty homes are brought back into
occupation (compulsorily after a year, say),
Land Valuation Taxation does that - payable land only not the building, even
if a building is not on the plot. Harrisburg, and other towns and cities in
the USA, cleared up derelict buildings that way bringing them back into use.
"Furthermore, crime has fallen by 58 per cent, and the number of fires has
been reduced by 76 per cent, which the authorities say is due to more
employment opportunities, and the elimination of derelict sites, making
vandalism less likely."
Post by Optimist
and discourage the
growth of population by limiting child benefit
Social engineering. Hitler did that. It is best to have a self controlling
economic system - Geonomics.