Briefing: Changing attitudes to building more homes
By: Steve Akehurst Published: January 2015
This new polling shows that as anxiety about housing has risen, local opposition to new house building has declined across all ages, regions and voter groups.
- Briefing: Nimbyism in Decline (PDF 925.0 KB)
The last three years has seen a staggering turn-around in attitudes. As anxiety about housing has risen, NIMBYismhas declined sharply. Independent research shows:
- NIMBYism has collapsed across all age groups, falling most sharply among the over 60s.
- There has also been a reversal in homeowners' attitudes to building more homes in their area.
- In 2010, there was not a single major voter group who overall supported homes being built in their area. By 2013, there was not a single voter group who didn't.