Community Infrastructure Levy is not a Wealth Tax and seems to be the blunt instrument that Stalinist command and Control merchants like Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London and John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets claim they can use to address London’s Chronic affordable homes Problem.
You might notice I did not give it the “A la mode” epithet of “CRISIS Shock horror!”, ( Buy the tee shirt if you agree)
The Problem is explained simply,
There is a Three Tier Planning system in our Metropolitan Governance System, Central Government , London Wide ( Mayoral) and Local Borough Level.
All the policy operates under something called the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and there are various hierarchies of Planning “Hadith” which the Planning Priests afford different levels of importance.
There is an excellent Novel called The Scheme for full Employment by a Novelist called Magnus Mills.
There are two groups of Protagonists in the Novel The early Swervers and the Work to Rulers, both are engaged in the pointless process of Building UniVans for a State Monopoly government Enterprise.
In Arguments which concern the wrong object it is hardly surprising that as Benjamin Franklin says about such discussions,
Listen to me people, Are we Place Makers or are we Rent Seekers.
“We’re in the building game – that’s where we should be competing, not in trading land,” he told me last year. “As long as there’s room to make a decent margin on housebuilding, bring it on – our land market desperately needs reform”. Tony Pidgley RIP Anthony William Pidgley CBE (6 August 1947 – 26 June 2020)
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