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There is only one body that could manage UK land


An interesting idea that the Crown Estate might be an appropriate body to safeguard the fair and equitable pricing of land released for residential development. This organisation's role would have to be very carefully specified, given its behaviour over 'harvesting' income from users of the foreshore on the West coast of Scotland. This became a political hot potato a few decades ago when people in coastal communities suddenly found themselves being charged for keeping their boats in front of their houses, as their ancestors had done since time immemorial. The knowledge that the Crown Estates income went to the Treasury, and was thus for the 'common good' - in theory at least (Garden Bridge, anyone?) - didn't really defuse the initial outrage, and has probably helped the cause of Scottish independence flourish.

Posted date

3 December, 2019

Posted time

12:01 pm