Research article 'More market', planning, forestry and farming: antagonism or symbiosis?
A. D. Meister
The allocation of land between farming and forestry has been the cause of many conflicts. On the one hand there are those wanting a freer, "let the market decide" approach, while on the other hand there are people who see the need for planning controls to achieve other than economic objectives.
In this paper, these two approaches are discussed in light of historical developments and of current Government policies. It is concluded that while there is room for market forces in the rural land market, control is still required in some cases. In future there should be less antagonism and a better opportunity for using land for the most appropriate purpose. This is being facilitated by changing attitudes in foresters, farmers, councillors and Government. It would also be helped by correction to deficiencies in the Town and Country Planning Act and if the new Ministry of the Environment act to set guidelines and provide information for dealing with socio-economic and environmental impacts.
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