The result will have an immediate and dramatic effect on the transfer of county HQ to Ashington and the associated redevelopment of the Morpeth site. This was already in trouble after ministerial call-in and the withdrawal of the developer. Now it's dead and all the money spent, consultations, cutting down of trees, etc. wasted. Don't say JC doesn't achieve anything!
It is a typical oppose in opposition sort of project. However contracts are signed and the new HQ is being built so they will have to use it for something and the capital receipt for County Hall will have to be made up from somewhere.
And if they're keeping County Hall as the HQ it needs cash spent on it as well.
Some tricky decisions for the Conservatives and likely to be more tricky school decisions to come. The Ponteland Middle School academisation looks unlikely to be a success, Belford board of Governors want to close their middle school as well and I suspect there will be further school led moves to two tier that will be hard to oppose. But a lot of the Conservative rhetoric in recent years has been about protecting middle schools so will be a hard circle to square.