• Public attitudes to housing affordability, 2010, commissioned by National Housing Planning and Advice Unit (NHPAU), fieldwork by YouGov. (sample: 2090)
  • Public attitudes to housing affordability, 2009, commissioned by NHPAU, fieldwork by YouGov. (sample: 2023)
  • Omnibus survey question: ‘Which three, if any, of the following would make you moresupportive of more homes being built in your local area?’, 2011, commissioned byShelter, fieldwork by YouGov. (sample: 2067)
  • Lifestages and housing affordability, 2009, commissioned by Shelter, fieldwork by YouGov. (sample: 5438)
  • Breaking Point, 2008, commissioned by Shelter, fieldwork by YouGov. (sample: 5609)
  • Survey of English Housing, 2001-21, commissioned by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), managed by Office for NationalStatistics. (sample: 29,708)

The findings in Shelter Housing Insights for Communities are often drawn from combinations of similar questions across the surveys listed. It is important to note that the findings are interpretations of survey results and combinations of results and should therefore be treated as a guide to the views and motivations of the groups concerned, rather than a set of statistical results. Some examples of individual results are contained in the Shelter Housing Knowledge download.

Copies of all questionnaires and datasets commissioned by Shelter are available on request by contacting Data can be provided in SPSS or Excel format, but if you intend to publish anything using the data, permission must be granted from Shelter and YouGov.

The Survey of English Housing dataset is available through the Essex University Data Archive and accessible with a password.

NHPAU are no longer operational and we do not have permission to release the full results or data set from the NHPAU surveys, but the 2010 Public Attitudes to Housing report can be downloaded from

About the ranking

The rankings and colour codes for likelihood to disagree with house building (1) and actively oppose planning applications (2) were calculated by:

(1) Combining ACORN classification data with a range of responses from four surveys on national and local house building, private and social. The ACORN groups were ranked according to their index for these five combined questions, and split into five groups accordingly, from high to low.

(2) Responses from the NHPAU survey (2010) on active opposition to planning applications were combined with ACORN Knowledge survey data on the likelihood of involvement in local community or voluntary activity. It was necessary to combine these questions due to the very low proportion of the population that actively opposes (or supports) planning applications – the NHPAU survey alone did not give a sample size large enough to draw conclusions at group level.

These results were ranked and coded in a similar way to general disagreement with house building.

Finally, a colour code was assigned to each group to reflect the combined results of these two analyses – likelihood to disagree with house building in general, and to actively oppose it. Simple ‘traffic light’ colour coding was used with the groups with the highest levels of disagreement and active opposition in red, those with the least in green, and those in between amber.

1 This is the most recent publicly available S.E.H dataset with ACORN fields.

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