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To build (on green land) or not to build, that is the policy question of the week. Labor replied yes, and Sir Keir Starmer wants to relax laws that prevent rural development. Conservatives say no – Rishi Sunak told journalists accompanying him to Japan that he was committed to protecting green spaces.
And what about the Liberal Democrats? They haven’t fully decided yet. Sir Ed Davey’s party is still working out a housing strategy and a full document on housing and planning is expected to be published later this year, sources said.
But in fact, they know that this opposing policy stance puts them in a difficult position. Many of the key seats targeted by the Liberal Democrats are in the green commuter belts surrounding big cities, known as the Greenbeltlands.
Sir Ed has already made it clear that he will work with Labor to force the Conservatives out of government and drive Sir Kea’s party out of power. Clearly, that doesn’t mean the parties will always agree on policy, nor is that the point of the election. An agreement, whether formal or informal. But could Lord Keare be so bullish in his promise to lift greenbelt restrictions that the so-called “blue wall” could wreak havoc on the ground the Liberal Democrats have won?
Residents of these areas often oppose further development at hand. Negative categorizations of “nimby” are thrown around frequently (not in my backyard), but many of these people are criticized for the local infrastructure (GP operations, schools, buses, roads) in such areas. ) will be quick to point out the lack of It may be tipped by another real estate development.
The Liberal Democrats are keenly aware that they have to draw a very fine line between parties committed to improving housing and those more sympathetic to the views of more rural communities.
They are also just beginning to persuade voters who left them after the last coalition. The risk of lifelong Conservative voters switching to the Liberal Democrats could be horrified by suggestions that their picturesque town could be overrun with housing estates under the Liberal Studies Coalition government.
The LDP is already facing criticism from another direction. After the results of the local elections, the defeated local Conservative Party was accused of winning “against housing”, and the party was accused of opposing housing in Windsor and Maidenhead. Local Liberal Democrats argued otherwise. They would argue that they have opposed “inappropriate” luxury housing construction without community support.
In fact, if you look at the top line of policy plans for all three parties, all parties say they want to improve the supply of housing, but critically important is community involvement in where and what types of housing developments. is to allow more control over built.
Perhaps the greatest irony of this debate, then, is that despite the fact that in small print all political parties are essentially saying the same thing, it can be a genuinely divisive issue in the election, In particular, it can be detrimental to potential free-labor alliances.