Across our stakeholder and community engagement work, we are increasingly seeing the impact the imminent local election and inevitable general election is having on the decision making of local authorities. Redwood’s Head of Political & Stakeholder Engagement, Gabriel Abulafia, has been helping our clients and friends of Redwood to navigate local politics through a CPD session on the politics of planning. He charts major underlying factors such as the rise of councillors elected on an independent or residents’ association, often at the expense of the Conservatives in the Home Counties.  In addition, he discusses the turnaround in the fortunes of the Lib Dems, the leap in representation of the Green Party – who are now part of the administration in 38 local authorities, the impact of the Reform Party on Conservative housing policy and Labour’s policy proposals for housing and planning. His training sessions enable you to understand the undercurrents that affect local politics and the way that communities, and their elected representatives, receive new development and regeneration proposals.

If you are interested in arranging a CPD session please contact him at