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British Social Attitudes: Opposition to house building falls

26 July 2014

New data from the British Social Attitudes survey being published today by the Government has revealed a big fall in opposition to house building since 2010.

New data from the British Social Attitudes survey being published today by the Government has revealed a big fall in opposition to house building since 2010.

NatCen’s survey asks the public whether they would support new homes being built in their local area, revealing that between 2010 and 2013 opposition fell by 15 percentage points.

  • In 2010, 46% said they would oppose new homes being built in their local area, compared to 31% in 2013;
  • Support for new house building increased from 28% in 2010 to 47% in 2013.


The fall in opposition to new house building was biggest among those aged over 65. In 2010 over half of over 65s (51%) were opposed to new homes being built in their local area and this fell to less than a third (30%) by 2013.

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

Penny Young, Chief Executive, NatCen Social Research: “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.”

ENDS

For the full report go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-social-attitudes-survey-2013-attitudes-to-new-house-building

For more information, contact: Leigh Marshall, 0207 549 8506/07828 031 850 leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk

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NatCen Social Research, Britain’s largest independent social research organisation, aims to promote a better-informed society through high quality social research (www.natcen.ac.uk).

The NatCen British Social Attitudes survey has been conducted annually since 1983. Since then over 90,000 people have taken part in the survey. The 2013 survey consisted of 3,244 interviews with a representative, random sample of adults in Britain, carried out between June and October 2013. 923 people were asked about their attitudes to house building in 2013.