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    NOT THE O.D.P.M. BARKER REPORT THE HOUSE NEEDY ARE 347 TIMES WORSE OFF TO-DAY THAN THEY WERE IN 1947 WHEN THE ACT TO PLAN FOR THEIR HOUSES WAS MADE. THE PRIME
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      NOT THE O.D.P.M. BARKER REPORT
      THE HOUSE NEEDY ARE 347 TIMES WORSE OFF TO-DAY THAN THEY WERE IN 1947 WHEN
      THE ACT TO PLAN FOR THEIR HOUSES WAS MADE.
      THE PRIME ROLE OF A PLANNING ACT IS NOT PROTECTION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE FROM
      DESPOLIATION BUT PROTECTION OF THE PEOPLE FROM EXPLOITATION BY LANDOWNERS
      ADDED TO THE CURRENT HOUSING CRISIS IS AN EXTREME DEMOCRATIC CRISIS
      Extract from the Town & Country Planning Bill, 1947
      "The T & C Planning Act, 1932 enabled local authorities to prepare
      planning schemes and the Town and Country Planning (Interim Development
      ) Act 1943 extended interim development control throughout the country��
      The defects of this system are ; it is static, planning schemes having the
      force of law and being difficult to alter; it is localised; local
      authorities are not obliged to prepare plans; and it is negative.
      The Bill replaces the Planning scheme with a more flexible development
      plan�����
      In order to give positive powers for executing plans by making land
      available local authorities will be given wider powers to by (sic) land
      compulsorily for leasing to the private developer , and be able to
      designate for compulsory purchase land likely to be required within ten
      years for development by governing departments, local authorities and
      private enterprise.
      So far planning has been governed by short term financial
      considerations The Uthwatt Committee argued that over valuation due to
      floating value produces an aggregate value two or three times greater than
      the value based on actual possibilities . The burden of compensation falls
      on the individual authority , which may not be able to bear it, so that
      local authorities have tried to keep shifting values in their own areas
      and have had to allow building in too haphazard a manner. Under the Bill no
      development may take place without consent and where permission is refused,
      there is no right to compensation But if no compensation were paid hardship
      might be caused , and �300mn will be set aside out of which payments will
      be made to owners."

      It is worth comparing the situation prior to the 1947 Act with the actual
      situation to-day.
      A major reason (SEE ABOVE) for introducing the 1947 Act was the
      impossibility of local authorities buying land for houses which jumped two
      or three times in value when it was needed for development.

      To-day, in spite of the Act, land jumps in value by typically three hundred
      and fifty seven times .
      This is based on the 2004 figures of the Inland Revenue comparing the
      average price of agricultural land at
      At �3,500 per acre with that of development land with planning
      permission at �1,250,000 per acre
      Because Local Authorities no longer build Council Houses the burden now
      falls directly on the private housebuyers. In so far as houses are out of
      reach of people even on average salaries, let alone unfunded people in poor
      , inadequate (or with no) houses, it has been shifted from Authorities to
      people.

      By another count the cost of a building site has risen by a multiplier of
      4,000. The 357:1 ratio underestimates the increase in site value, because
      the present basis is a comparison with agricultural land which itself has
      increased because of the �3 billions pumped into it annually by the C.A.P.
      since 1973. A truer measure of the increase price of building site over
      the years would be of the order of four thousand to one c.f. the increase
      in house price by 'only' 11:1 since 1927 ( comparisons are for an estate
      of houses in Exeter.)
      The conclusion is that Government has withdrawn from vulnerable people
      their protective umbrella against exploitation. So added to the
      Housing Crisis is a democratic crisis.

      The Barker Report takes a lot of highly educated people, a lot of time,
      366 pages at a cost of several �million and fails to pinpoint the cause of
      the housing crisis as the illegal monopoly of land with p.p. used against
      the public interest to jack up house prices, and fails to suggest the
      cure which will save both the Government �billions annually and
      Housebuyers �thousands individually , which is to redirect the planning
      permission for houses to the house needy not to the landowner , and to
      encourage community- and self-build by giving individuals preference over
      Companies for planning permission for new houses.
      James Armstrong 3rd March 2004
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