Draft presentation for fundraising a road show.
james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Tue May 13 18:39:32 BST 2008
here is the 1,000 word draft of the text of a power point presentation which i propose we make to a list of housing , land holders, lever pullers and punters etc.
based on the premises that individuals with human rights
claim preference over corporations motivated by profit
and HMG's prime role is to promote the interests of the landless.
1 Designate a special planning category for self occupied,
self build houses.
A more powerful initiative would confine the issue of Planning Permits for new dwellings to named potential house occupiers.
2 Favour single unit and co-housing planning applications.
3 Remove the present preference shown by planners to corporate multiple unit market housing applications.
4 Compile urgently an accessible comprehensive land ownership registry as available in every marie, in the smallest French village.
5 Tax land bankers in land not in sterling
6 Establish a national bank of land, for agricultural, industrial, social and housing as a resource for public use removed from being a commodity bought and sold and speculated on in the expectation of exploiting people's need and in the expectation of reward from the public purse through the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU.
7 Prosecute corporations' unlawful use of market power amassing landbanks to restrict supply of new houses and push up prices and trickle out supply with a view to 'market absorption'
8 Explore the self build option *overlooked' in the otherwise comprehensive HMG Barker Review
9 RTPI support the initiative to harness architectural skills to s b housing to the beautifying of the landscape and preserving and enhancing the existing vernacular town- and village-scapes.
10 Arts Council support the initiative by funding a touring 'self build' road show visiting music festivals, fairs and camp sites promoting self built vernacular housing, community land trusts and co-housing initiatives, with the objective of attracting offers of building land for community initiatives and demonstrating self build is easy, low cost, energy efficient, of the people and the way forward
The Return on investing in a Road show -.
The project eliciting an offer of land with pp for just one s-b house will exceed the cost of funding a road show for three years ,at £50,000 . * letter to the writer from Ms Kate Barker
Presentation advocating Self Build Houses
By James Armstrong
Self Build- an underused source of supply in UK
is a hons graduate of Edinburgh Uni. specialising in monetary policy
has designed and built two 's b' houses
-Contributed to the Barker Review of Housing supply
-Exhorts the Office of Fair Trading to prosecute unlawful use of market power by corporate builders for landbanking, trickling out etc
-Networks self build, low impact life style groups active for change
-Campaigns for 'The Land is Ours' , tlio.org.uk, 'The Land' magazine and pricedout.org.uk
Network! Join housing seminars at Tolpuddle, festivals, gatherings etc ! Currently gathering funding for a campaigning s-b road show. 1stMay 2008
Self Build Houses
Why don't we?
When one man sells land to another both conspire to rob a third.
All the while the landlord sits still. Every one of those improvements is effected by the labour and at the cost of other people and the taxpayers.To not one of these improvements does the land- monopolist as land- monopolist contribute, and yet by every one of them the value of his land is enhanced.
… Winston Churchill Limehouse speech 1918
The available options
HMG plans and targets are just that - illusory - since giant housebuilders control the available building land and regulate the output with an eye to keeping prices high, of both their landbanks and the houses they trickle out. (see the findings of Barker Review)
The current ethos of reducing state involvement means there is no prospect of funding council house building
The Regional Spatial Strategy is a top-down, bureaucratic approach open to local criticism and leaving the decision to supply or not up to the corporations. In it, regional supply is allocated centrally not in response to local demand: it is one more planning restriction.
It is Bank of England mpc inspired, is anti- democratic, and puts the decision to build in the remit of the board rooms who make more returns on the increase of their land banks than they do on building houses. (Barker)
There is a 'tsunami' of self builders desperate to solve their own and the nation's housing problem
offering a real, people solution not merely a government 'plan' vulnerable to corporate exploitation.
Self build offers increased satisfaction, increased supply, decreased housing cost and encourages the revival of vernacular houses to replace monodesign estates and developments which attract justified public opposition.
Co housing developments are the way to supply non market houses in towns and are open to utilise low impact sustainable energy systems and encourage community forming.
Community land trusts invite acquisition of land for permanent community use including housing.
How did we get here?
Supply in this time of unprecedented demand is currently 200,000 new houses p.a. In the sixties output was 600,000 in one year.
The 1947 Town Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act presumed a well-funded vigourous council house building programme and a government committed to people's housing needs, not one committed to promote consumer debt to feed speculation in the City. Planning has atrophied into restriction because the funding for building council houses has dried up. Without competition planning now helps corporations restrict supply.
The Housing corporation scene is reported by commentators to be a sink of corruption.
An invasive, persistent, well funded campaign of misinformation by monopoly traditional landowners , CPRE, CLBA and by building- land owning landbankers - the NFof HB, has successfully persuaded commentators that the cause of the crisis is market forces. It isn't. The market for land has been effectively and unlawfully destroyed by monopoly and the cause of the crisis is deliberate market manipulation to push up prices by restricting supply.
The best known plc's have been identified as fraudster monopolists by OFT. 'The Market' restricts supply to high priced 'residences' for speculation -often of low quality and small room and tiny plot sizes. Poundbury is an example.
s-b provides low cost houses for families to make homes where they are needed which with planning input can enhance the landscape.
Compulsory purchase in the 1947 Act was held in reserve to ensure land was made available for housebuilding. CP to-day is used up front to buy and destroy streets of viable houses for the convenience of giant developers, often of houses at out of reach prices which are then built sparingly.
S-B given a planning category, planning priority and non financial government support can make a substantial additional contribution to the supply of UK houses at low cost and no cost to the Treasury .
SB exploits resources and the presently frustrated drive-to-build of individuals motivated independent of the cyclical supply of market housing.
SB as envisaged, removes the temptation and the present actuality of monopolised building land.
Taxing UK bulk landowners in land, not in sterling provides an available seed bank of land.
The 1919 Acquisition of Land (Compensation) Act o ffers a vehicle for acquiring necessary land at pre speculation prices.
Self builders are amenable to build using low impact methods and materials and to build in designs which enhance the landscape, especially if given RTPI RCA support.
The objective is to increase the supply of low cost houses where they are needed gaining local acceptance and at no cost to the Treasury.
- to modulate the cyclical supply of new houses
- to introduce a competitive element into the present monopoly supply of new houses
- to revive the attenuated art-from of the common people of England - building vernacular style houses within organic communities
- to beautify the landscape of England
- to remove the possibility of local corporate monopoly of supply
Goal And Objective
Increase the supply of high quality , low cost houses where they are needed at no cost to the Treasury
Modulate fluctuations in the supply and price of new houses
Introduce a competitive element to the giant corporations who dominate the supply of new houses
Revive the people's art-form of building vernacular houses within organic communities
Beautify the landscape and townscape of England
Remove the possibility of local monopoly of supply by dominant builders
Self Build has triple A rating as the artisan art form answer to the market housing crisis of low supply and high prices.
There are systematic *market failures of supply of new houses by the giant housebuilding corporations
* "amounting to Market Failure"….….Barker Review
This restriction at the margin affects the price of all houses destroying an open market causing them to rise faster than incomes and inflation
Low quantities, low quality, low consumer satisfaction, high prices and building land monopoly exist- Barker says so..
High local resistance to 'affluent incomers' and monodesign houses is generated.
A well orchestrated campaign has misinformed people who have never visited each country in the UK nor each county in England nor each field in their parish that Britain is overcrowded and that land is in short supply. Britain is a huge group of islands, with land surplus to agricultural requirements and the landscape is largely deserted of crops, farm workers, farmers, farm animals and houses.
Vernacular houses would enhance the landscape- study Constable's paintings. And the countryside population is hardly larger to-day than it was in the first census of 1801, approximately 9 million people.
The growth of the conurbations has annexed only 5% of the countryside and accounts for almost all the population increase.
Puzzles: Houses are a low tech consumer item universally needed for home-making for which there is an annually growing market yet are endemically in short supply. Why?
Self -build cannot presently compete in land acquisition with market houses built on corporate landbanks. Have people been squeezed out by corporations aided by Bank of England and Treasury policy?
Our recommendations bid to give some answers.
The prospect is price stabilisation, increased supply of houses and reduced speculation and consequent increases in the price of land, leading to a fall in the price of building plots.
The use of compulsory purchase of land required for public use (housing) is envisaged as under the 1919 Land Purchase Act, at pre-speculative market prices.
James Armstrong, Dorchester May 1st 2008 sbrs:pres
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