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From Eton to Africa, land is being over-exploited | Letters

We must learn to strike a balance between the needs of house-builders, people and wildlife<p>If the government wants to show it is taking the concerns of blue-wall constituencies such as Chesham and Amersham seriously, it should require that the new town proposed by Eton College in East Sussex generates a substantial public benefit from the dramatic increase in land values resulting from the change from rural to residential land use (“<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/19/eton-v-the-sea-trout-colleges-land-sale-sparks-fears-of-river-pollution" title="">Eton v the trout: college’s land deal sparks fears for rich spawning river</a>”, News).</p><p>This could be used to provide generous public facilities and genuinely affordable housing held under communal tenure systems and co-housing that will meet local needs. The same approach should be applied for all new developments. Similarly, if Eton is serious about its public responsibilities, it will welcome such an opportunity.<br><strong>Geoffrey Payne</strong><br>London W5<br></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/commentisfree/2021/jun/27/from-eton-to-africa-land-is-being-over-exploited-observer-letters">Continue reading...</a>

We must learn to strike a balance between the needs of house-builders, people and wildlifeIf the government wants to show it is taking the concerns of blue-wall constituencies such as Chesham and Amersham seriously, it should require that the new town proposed by Eton College in East Sussex generates a substantial public benefit from the dramatic increase in land values resulting from the change from rural to residential land use (“Eton v the trout: college’s land deal sparks fears for rich spawning river”, News).

This could be used to provide generous public facilities and genuinely affordable housing held under communal tenure systems and co-housing that will meet local needs. The same approach should be applied for all new developments. Similarly, if Eton is serious about its public responsibilities, it will welcome such an opportunity.
Geoffrey Payne
London W5

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