Majority believe UK has a housing crisis but nearly half don't want new local homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
A new poll has revealed that 80 percent of the public believe the UK is suffering a housing crisis - but 45 percent don't believe that new homes are needed in their local area.
The Ipsos MORI poll of 1,015 adults found that 44 percent "strongly agreed" that the UK is in the grip of a housing crisis.
The majority (59 percent) of people do not believe there is enough affordable housing available to buy or rent in the local area, whilst 77 percent agreed that it is harder to buy or rent now than it was for their parents.
Ninety percent believe that it will be harder for today’s children to buy or rent in the future.
However, although the poll shows that there is a sense of a national crisis, the same numbers didn't translate into the local dynamic, with only 44 percent agreeing that there is a housing crisis in their immediate area and 49 percent disagreeing.
Local views on housing shortages translated into support for new local housebuilding, with 52% agreeing that new homes need to be built locally and 45% disagreeing.