The Lib Dems have lost both Swansea and Cardiff councils. The huge political and reputational hit aside what does it mean for Cardiff's delayed Local Development Plan and will Labour have a more development friendly attitude to the Lib Dems/ Plaid Cymru "concrete jungle" concerns.
Gareth Hooper, planning director at DPP in Cardiff hopes it might herald a better era. Below are his thoughts:
"Labour's manifesto pledges - with regards to increasing affordable housing numbers and maintaining the Libdems/Plaid Cymru building targets - are encouraging for the development sector. The only concern with regards to the impact of their victory will be with regards to keeping up recent momentum. Finally progress was beginning to be made in having the LDP ratified in order to kick start development and boost the city's economy and it's critical that this continues to ensure a successful future for Cardiff. The recent history of development in Cardiff has not been hugely pretty, with the sector stymied by delays, uncertainty and frustration. The hope would be that Labour is able to maximise the current wave of popular opinion and take decisive action to ensure investment is encouraged, and remains in Cardiff."
We will be looking in detail at Cardiff's delayed LDP and the road forward in this Saturday's magazine.