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Collapse of the nimby? Opposition to housebuilding falls

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development

Collapse of the nimby? Opposition to housebuilding falls Collapse of the nimby? Opposition to housebuilding falls

There has been a big fall in opposition to housebuilding amongst the British public, a poll has revealed.

The British Social Attitudes survey found that between 2010 and 2013, people's hostility to new homes being built in their area fell by 15%.

The fall in opposition to housebuilding was greatest among those aged over 65. In 2010, over half of over-65s (51%) were opposed to new homes being built in their local area but this had fallen to less than a third (30%) by 2013.

Meanwhile, the 35-54s need the most convincing - 36% of them say they oppose or strongly oppose new homes being built in their area.

Penny Young, chief executive NatCen Social Research, which conducted the survey, said: “These findings suggest that the difficulties faced by young people seeking to get on the housing ladder have cut through with the public as a whole.

"In particular, the parents of ‘Generation Rent’ have recognised that if their children are going to see the benefits of homeownership then new houses are needed.”

Commenting on the survey results in an article for the Daily Telegraph, new Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Since 2010 there has been a dramatic swing in public opinion about house building. Now that local people have a bigger say over where new housing goes they are much happier to support housing building in their area.

“This changing mind-set can now be seen in the pipeline of projects coming through the reformed planning system. Last year successful applications for major housing schemes were up 23 per cent, and planning permissions were granted for 216,000 new homes.

“The new planning system puts local people in control, so if they want to build more homes, they will.”

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