We highlight eight areas of England where changes in political control following last week’s local and mayoral elections are likely to have the greatest impact on planning and development.
The former Prime Minister and an ex-environment secretary are among the Conservative MPs who have expressed concerns over proposals in the planning bill announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, including that it would limit “local involvement” in the planning process.
A number of councils around the country are likely to change control following yesterday’s local elections, which is set to impact on planning and development in those areas. Below we highlight the key results as they come in as well as the overall picture.
The London mayor’s election manifesto indicates a continued focus on affordable housing provision should he gain a second term, say observers. But they expect him to face continued challenges in meeting housing delivery targets, while there is uncertainty over whether the London Plan will be reviewed.
Councils in Essex, Surrey and the West Midlands are among the places where parties campaigning against development plans may gain seats in the upcoming local elections, experts predict. However, some suspect that such groups may not fare as well as they did in 2019 due to greater government popularity and the impact of Covid-19.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has set out his proposals for planning, regeneration and affordable housing in the capital if re-elected to the role next month.
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Controversial proposals to introduce a more ‘zonal’ approach in local plans may not make it into this year’s planning bill or could be significanlty altered, some observers believe. Meanwhile, recent comments by senior ministers and officials suggest that radical proposals for a new flat-rate infrastructure levy may be dilluted.
The government’s announcement that it will backtrack on plans to radically revise its standard method of assessing housing need means that almost 85 per cent of councils will see their local housing need levels unchanged compared to the existing formula. Commentators say that many English councils have been left with unambitious figures but ministers’ change of plan offers them some welcome, though potentially short-lived, stability.
An industry body representing land promoters and developers says the government’s new standard method of assessing housing need is “a highly regressive lurch backwards” and claims that ministers have “betrayed a generation of young people” by backtracking on their original proposals.