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"Land, because of it's unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlements cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. Social justice, urban renewal and development, the provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if the land is used in the interests of society as a whole."
"Public control of land use is therefore indispensable to it's protection as an asset and the achievement of the long-term objectives of human settlement policies and strategies."