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.

Summary

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.

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