Public Attitudes To Housebuilding

Main findings In 2018 - the majority of people were supportive of more homes being built in their local area.

Support for homes being built increased between 2010 and 2014 and has remained stable ever since.

In 2018, 57% of people said they supported more homes being built in the local area, whilst 23% said they opposed. Levels of support and opposition remained the same as in 2017 and 2014. • Support for more homes being built in the local area increased from 2010 (28%) and 2013 (47%), whilst opposition decreased from 46% in 2010 and 31% in 2013.

Whilst overall support and opposition to more homes being built remains the same as in 2017, attitudes have become more polarised.

The proportion of people who strongly support homes being built in the local area increased from 14% in 2017 to 18% in 2018, whilst the proportion of people strongly opposing more homes being built in the local area increased from 5% in 2017 to 6% in 2018. Some groups, such as owners, older people, and those living in rural areas, are more likely to oppose homes being built in the local area than others.

Opposition for more homes being built in the local area was higher for owner occupiers (28%) than for private renters (15%) and social renters (13%).

Opposition to homes being built was higher for those aged 46-55 (27%), 56-65 (22%) and 66 and over (26%), than for those aged 18-25 (14%).

Those living in country villages and small cities or towns were more likely to oppose more homes being built in the local area (28% and 24% respectively), than those living in big cities (18%).

Credit: MHCLG, October 2019

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