A recent article on the BBC website about the politics of the housing crisis would certainly seem to suggest so.

The article reports on a clash between district councils in Oxfordshire over the contribution each district should make to the objectively assessed housing need for Oxfordshire as a whole. The County needs 5,000 new homes each year and the city itself is unable to expand, as it is surrounded by greenbelt land.

Before the coalition abolished regional planning, each district's share of the housing supply would have been imposed on them by the regional planning strategy. Now each local planning authority is responsible for setting their own housing supply figures, and arguments over the numbers are becoming very common.

The situation is made even more complicated by the 'duty' on local authorities to co-operate with each other to ensure that housing supplies are adequate.

This 'duty to co-operate', or, more accurately a perceived failure to co-operate effectively, has derailed local plan processes in Bedfordshire. It is also causing issues in Warwickshire, as Coventry's inability to build enough houses for its residents is placing pressure of neighbouring authorities to make up the shortfall.

New housing developments are often extremely unpopular amongst local people, who ultimately elect the Councillors responsible for making planning decisions. As such, it is not surprising that there can be reluctance amongst some districts to sign up to large amounts of development. Unfortunately, as the BBC article points out, this can result in fewer homes.