New findings in the most recent research by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG in the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey concludes that there is a lessening of opposition to new housebuilding and that the level of support for new housing depends on the design.
Key fundings from the DCLG survey include:
Opposition to new homes fell substantially between 2010 and 2013, with 46 per cent of respondents saying they would oppose new homes being built in their local area in 2010, compared to 31 per cent in 2013.
The proportion that was supportive increased from 28 per cent in 2010 to 47 per cent in 2013.
Net opposition (percentage of those saying they are opposed minus those saying they are supportive) has reduced from 18 per cent in 2010 to -16 per cent.
When asked ‘if the government brought in changes so that when people from a local community come together to get involved in planning for new development, that community can receive extra money to be spent locally’, 57 per cent said this would make them more supportive.
Thirty-eight per cent of respondents agreed whether they support new homes being built in their local area ‘depended on their design’.
Access the full survey on UK Gov website
View a graphical summary ‘info-graphic’ of the research on the UK Gov website