Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

The weekend saw a desultory rally of assorted anti-neighbour groups in Woodstock, following their "parish poll" to decide whether they should continue to oppose new housing near the town. This was reported on by the Oxford Mail, and has generated an assortment of comments. I thought it would be good to post one of my…

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Oxford Green Belt and Land Use Planning: Inefficient, Inequitable, Indefensible.

Oxford Green Belt and Land Use Planning: Inefficient, Inequitable, Indefensible.

From the point of view of hypertension prevention I ought not to have, but for some crazy reason that currently eludes me, I found myself last evening at an event, a “panel discussion”, about the case for a “Green Belt Review” for Oxford. The panel was one councillor from beleaguered, hemmed in city council, one…

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Land tax versus land release

...or why we would still need Land Value Tax even if everyone had a home. One of the most common responses to the suggestion that Land Value Tax would be an equitable way of solving housing shortages is that "we don't need more tax, just looser planning regulations" enabling landowners to release more (and predominantly…

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