Attitudes to House Building


In 2017, 55 per cent of people were supportive of new homes being built in their local area.

This is consistent with the results from 2014 when 56 per cent of respondents were supportive, and shows that there has been an increase in support over time, up from 47 per cent in 2013 and 28 per cent in 2010.

In 2017, 21 per cent of people were opposed to new homes being built in their local area. This is the same as in 2014, and less than the proportion of respondents who were opposed in 2013 (31 per cent) and 2010 (46 per cent).

Net opposition, which is the 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 in 2013 and to -34 per cent in both 2014 and 2017. This shows that in 2013, 2014 and 2017, the number of people supporting more homes being built in the local area was greater than the number opposing.

In 2010, 5 per cent of respondents stated that they strongly supported more homes being built in their local area, this increased to 14 per cent in 2017.

The strength of opposition to new homes decreased since 2010. In 2017, the proportion of respondents stating they would strongly oppose new homes being built in their local areas was 5 per cent, compared to 15 per cent in 2010.

Those who were opposed to new homes or were neither supportive nor opposed were asked what would make them more supportive. Respondents frequently selected Respondents most frequently selected ‘More employment opportunities’; ‘More medical facilities built or existing ones improved’; ‘Transport links improved’; ‘More schools built or improved’; More affordable homes to rent (from LA or HA); ‘More green spaces/parks created or existing ones improved; and ‘More homes for low cost home ownership/shared ownership’.

Respondents were asked whether the provision of a cash payment for households who lived close to a proposed development would influence their support. The majority of respondents (65 per cent) stated that a cash payment would make no difference, 23 per cent said it would make them ‘more supportive’ or ‘much more supportive’ and 9 per cent stated the cash payment would make them ‘more opposed’ or ‘much more opposed’.

The survey also asked who should be responsible for deciding where new homes are built. Half of respondents (50 per cent) said local councils should be responsible and 41 per cent said local communities should decide where new homes are built.

Respondents were asked to select whether they would choose to rent or buy if they had a free choice. The majority, 88 per cent, said they would choose to buy and 11 per cent would choose to rent. This figure has changed little in the last thirty years.  Read the full article here

Credit: June 2018, MHCLG