Local elections 2022: how will housing and planning issues affect voting?

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Concerns over local planning and housing issues could be the deciding factor in a number of swing seats tomorrow - here are some to watch

Voters across much of the UK go to the polls tomorrow in local elections which are widely expected to deal a punishing blow to the Conservative party. Polling has predicted a 5% swing to Labour following months of torrid headlines for the Tories, with illegal lockdown parties in Number 10, a perceived failure to combat the cost of living crisis and a swathe of good old-fashioned sleaze scandals all factors which are putting momentum behind opposition parties.

But, while many voters will want to see the government humbled when they enter the polling booths tomorrow, planning and housing issues are also shaping up to play a key role in a number of closely fought local authorities. Tomorrow’s result will potentially decide the future of some major construction schemes both in London and across the country.

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