Public attitudes to new house building: findings from the 2013 British social attitudes survey

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Great Britain. Department for Communities and Local Government
Dept. for Communities and Local Government
Date of publication
1 July 2014
Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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This report provides findings relating to public attitudes to house building as measured in the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey 2013. The findings provide evidence about changing attitudes to new house building before and after the introduction of the coalition government’s planning and other housing related reforms. Although it is not possible to directly attribute change in attitudes to government policy due to the many other factors which might shape attitudes, the findings do give some context in terms of changing public attitudes over time.

Opposition to new homes fell substantially between 2010 and 2013, with 46 per cent of respondents saying they would oppose new homes being built in their local area in 2010, compared to 31 per cent in 2013. The proportion that was supportive increased from 28 per cent in 2010 to 47 per cent in 2013.

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