Reading once again about the intended plundering of top class agricultural land for house building
as is now also reported in the Champion, we might be forgiven for musing about land as seen by John Stuart Mill
who in his wisdom suggested that “Landlords grow rich in their sleep without working, risking, or economizing. The increase in the value of land, arising as it does, from the efforts of an entire community, should belong to the community, and not to the individual who might hold title”.
In Victorian Britain, Mill set up the “Land Tenure Reform Association”. Its programme fell short of the nationalisation of land demanded by the contemporary Land and Labour League, a group of radical trade unionists. Mill adopted a policy of taxing the unearned increment on land value under pressure from the League.
Perhaps housing developers of our agricultural inheritance should face punitive taxes such as to prevent the now intended 500 homes on 17 hectares of Parrs Lane land, while the landowners should be up before the High Court once again in advance of WLBC considering the scoping request?
We repeat how appalling the effect of all this housing will be on Aughton and its already bursting to breaking point infrastructure and services, and its probable change from village to small town status merely for the John Stuart Mill effect of “landlords/owners growing rich in their sleep without working” to be ever more prevalent in modern Britain.