Will the Local Elections have any impact at all on Urban Expansion?

Probably not.

In the past changes in control has led to big delays in local plans and swings between allocating greenfield sites or not – one thinks of Coventry, Doncaster and Northumberland.

There are very few cases of this this time.  Certainly in a few cases things will get more interesting – like Wirral being NOC.  But even in Brighton where the Greens regain control they have given up opposition to urban expansion (as long as it is 100% affordable).  The bland lib-dems manifesto for Chelmsford mentions nothing about North Essex Garden Communities.

UKIP only fielded three candidates in Thanet which they won in 2015 but it will have no impact on the local plan.  Wirral goes to NOC and it was the bone headed stubbornness of the labour leader there which led it to be bottom of the local plan failure tables.

I spotted no changes of control in the whole CaMKox corridor.

Conclusion – urban expansion seems to have had no impact at the ballot box.  The political rising of housing as an issue has seen to that, and local politicians are far less jittery on this than they were 5 years ago.


2 thoughts on “Will the Local Elections have any impact at all on Urban Expansion?

  1. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Excessive development by dictatorship has seen a dramatic change of Councillors & Leader of the Council in Teignbridge District, Devon Fri 3rd May ’19. Here the people have spoken.

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  2. Vale of White Horse through which the Ox-MK-Camb. Expressway must pass has flipped from Conservative to Lib-Dem majority (31 seats against 6). South Oxfordshire is now No Overall Control, but the Lib-Dems have the majority of seats and could chum up with the Greens and independents who total 11 seats.between them (12 Lib Dem, 10 Con, 5 Green, 3 Lab, 3 Ind, 3 Henley Residents).
    With both current Local Plans conjoined in the Didcot / Science Vale area and a Lib-Dem / Green south we could see a power block form that has a lot less in common than with the northern Oxfordshire Districts of West Oxfordshire and Cherwell. Both of those remain majority Conservative Districts, saved by having only one-third of their seats up for election.
    I’m expecting an announcement very soon now, about how / when legislation will be amended to permit NSIPs to allocate housing and economic growth to broad areas. Just in case Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire get any funny ideas.
    Bucks, of course, did not have elections because of the formation next year of two Unitary authorities.

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