This week's election briefing is a day early because of tomorrow's bank holiday. It’s been a relatively quiet week for the built environment given parliament formally dissolved on Monday and it’s the first week of campaigning proper.
Plaid Cymru released their election manifesto and have committed to ‘fairer planning’, saying:
“We will reform planning in Wales to put local need and benefit, sustainability and impact on the Welsh language at the heart of a new planning system.”
Other commitments include:
- Increasing infrastructure spending by an extra £800m per annum and creating 50,000 jobs under a Build4 Wales scheme
- Continued public ownership of railways and full electrification by 2034
- Devolution of airports and ports to Wales
- Reduce VAT to 5% on certified housing renovations to improve housing stock and reduce energy bills
- Extend the HomeBuy scheme
Labour released their business manifesto – A Better Plan for Business where they reiterated their previously stated commitments on infrastructure including a national infrastructure commission.
Meanwhile London council leaders and Boris Johnson, Mayor of London announced the beginnings of a “London settlement” including an element of fiscal devolution which they want to take place in the next parliament.
We are expecting the other party manifestos to be published after next Monday. We have already published Planning in the next Parliament and issued our own election guidance.
Finally, don’t forget tonight’s seven way debate on itv.