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Democratic Labour Party Manifesto 2003
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LAND USE POLICY

That dream of owning "a piece of the rock" is very much a part of the Barbadian dream. Our development strategy is therefore informed by our philosophy that our scarce land resources must be protected for future generations.

Our policy is designed to:

  1. Encourage investment in land ownership.
  2. Encourage Barbadians and Barbadian owned companies to form publicly owned companies in land development.
  3. Encourage Barbadians to seek equity in any new venture, when they sell land that is to be developed.

Further, we will:

  • Protect the right of all Barbadians to free access to all beaches.
  • Make it a policy of Government that all future coastal developments have an access to the beach reserve.
  • Preserve and expand the number of our windows to the sea.
  • Strictly regulate future development in the Scotland District.
  • Reserve more appropriate land areas for National Parks.
  • Protect and preserve those favourite picnic spots of Barbadians.

Land Bank

Our scare land resource must also meet the housing needs of our people. Our young people today are afraid that they will be unable to get "a piece of the rock" far less afford it. The highly inflated land prices have stalled the upward social mobility of many.

Unlike the BLP, we will not build up a Land Bank, thereby inflating prices. While Barbadians are desperately in need of house spots:

We will:

  • Ensure that land that is stockpiled by government is developed and sold at an affordable price to first time home owners.
  • We will systematically make market interventions by releasing quantities of land to control supply and demand and thereby control the rising price of land.
  • Make full use of non-agricultural plantation lands for housing, including rab-land and land near existing villages.
  • Provide 2,000 house spots for sale to low/middle income home owners.

Land Taxes

Land taxes have become a burden to many, especially the elderly and pensioners. Many have had to sell-out their properties to pay taxes, thereby robbing their children of their heritage.

We will:

  • Adjust the method of calculating land taxes. Tax will be calculated on 90% of market or improved value in the first year and will be reduced to 65% over a 5-year period. This would result in savings, so that as your property value rises, your land tax would fall.

Further to our land tax policy, we will:

  • Provide financial incentives through taxable allowances to encourage investment in land ownership.

Tenantry Lands

We will:

  • Amend the Tenantry Freehold Purchase Act so that Barbadians can own the land around them.
  • Amend the Land Registration Act to speed up the process of land registration by using the systematic and Spoil Rudder System.
  • Our land use for Agriculture is fully detailed under our Agriculture policy section, but it is worth repeating here that we will reserve 45,000 acres for agriculture production.

We will:

  • Restrict development and protect our Zone I land areas by introducing legislation that makes it mandatory that any change of use must be passed by Parliament.
  • We will control sand and clay mining with suitable legislation.
  • Prevent further coastal and sand mining immediately.
  • Offer to relocate persons living on unstable lands.

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Key
  Bajan Free Party   NDP = National Democratic Party   United Progressive Party
  Barbados Integrity Movement   People's Democratic Congress   WPB = Workers Party of Barbados
  Barbados Labour Party   PEP = People's Empowerment Party   Independent Candidate
  Democratic Labour Party   PPA = People's Political Alliance   *incumbent
  Kingdom Government of Barbados   Solutions Barbados   ** Political Leader
Sources
Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Bajan Free Party (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/Bajan-Free-Party-BFP-HonAlex-MitchellEl-1767331239973521/
Barbados Integrity Movement (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/barbdaosintegritymovement/?ref=py_c
Barbados Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.blp.org.bb/
Coalition of United Party. (2018) Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/alexmitchell.el/
Democratic Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from http://dlpbarbados.org/site/
Solutions Barbados. (2018). Retrieved from https://solutionsbarbados.com/
United Progressive Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://uppbarbados.org/
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