Poll: Are you more supportive of housing in your area, as planning minister Brandon Lewis MP hails drop in opposition to new homes?

Brandon Lewis MP hailed the fall in opposition to new housing.  Picture: James Bass Brandon Lewis MP hailed the fall in opposition to new housing. Picture: James Bass

Sunday, July 27, 2014
4:34 PM

A steep fall in opposition to new housing close to people’s homes shows that nimbyism is on the wane, a Norfolk MP and planning minister has implied.

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The newly-published findings from the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey said the number of people against new homes being built in their local area fell from 46pc of respondents in 2010, to 31pc in 2013.

The report found the strongest opposition to new housing came from people living in ‘a small city or town’ - 34pc - and those living in ‘a country village’ - 32pc. However, it also said opposition had fallen most sharply among these groups.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis, who was promoted to Minister of State for Housing and Planning in this month’s government reshuffle, claimed the increasing acceptance of new developments in local areas were due to the government’s planning reforms, which introduced a presumption in favour of ‘sustainable development’.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: “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.”

The term ‘nimby’, a pejorative reference people who support developments in theory but ‘not in my back yard’, was popularised by former Conservative environment secretary Nicholas Ridley in the 1980s.

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15 comments

  • Alharry

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • “The new planning system puts local people in control, so if they want to build more homes, they will.” I have just been reading the article again and have been reflecting upon this statement from Brandon Lewis. What utter deceit!

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • It would be interesting to see the size of the polled sample and see exactly what they were asked. In the meantime, if Brandon Lewis is 'implying' (in the report's language) that Norfolk people are now seeing the light about the new National Planning Policy Framework then he should "get out more", as they say. For example, he could visit Rackheath, Reepham, Horsford or Holt. If there is any decline in opposition to the proposals for vast increases in housing in the Norwich area in particular (and I remain to be convinced that there is), then it is probably because people are simply giving up in the face of the overwhelming force being applied by District and County Councils, rather than because they have been "converted" somehow.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • A newly promoted MP spouting the same rubbish but we are paying him more to do so.

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    norman hall

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Its not that people are supportive of new homes its that they don't see the point in wasting their time fighting something that is a foregone conclusion in many cases. My parents live in Hethersett and against the overwhelming wishes of the local people some 1200 new homes are being given planning approval. The local residents being told that the local planners have their hands tied, as if they turn down the planning application the land owners will take an appeal to Westminster where it will be rubber stamped. Democracy at work for you!!!

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    Jowettdriver

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Don't want more houses but since the last Labour government gave up control of our borders there has been a huge influx of people coming to live here and they have to be housed so it is inevitable and blame the last government and tony Blair in particular if you don't like it

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    blister

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Politicians are not out of touch, just complacent. They chose to ignore public opinion and carry on to pursue their own agenda. I know you can chose at the ballot box, but whatever the party, they still ignore you.

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    Alharry

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Agree, these remarks are complete rubbish.I live in the Hethersett, Wymondham and Cringleford triangle and massive building works are continually proposed but always rejected by local people. It is also noticeable that in cases where outline planning permission is given, against the wishes of local inhabitants, before the ink is nearly dry the developers come back to try to increase the agreed density.Just cannot understand why local politicians are completely out of touch on this subject. None of the housing plans for the Norwich area will provide any help for the first time buyer.

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    Old Norfolk Boy

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • The choice is you decide or we will decide for you. There wasn't a "No" option. As usual this now trumpeted as support for the policy. It is not necessarily the case.

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    Alharry

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • when we have a coalition who have the same housing policy as the last labour government of housing immigrants first its no wonder there is a housing crisis

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    milecross

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • the british people do need more housing . The policy should be british housing for british people . Unfortunately this is not happening at this moment in time . This is why I am voting ukip

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    milecross

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • The man talks out of his backside, I'm afraid.

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    Vic Sponge

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Is this not the same man who opposed a brown field site in great yarmouth siding with the nimbys against housing methinks it is

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    townie

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • What complete and utter rubbish this article is. My friends and I live in serial villages around south Norfolk and I'm yet to fund one person who supports new homes being built in or near the village. This is why most people move to or continue to live in a village as they do not want lots of new homes built around them. We would have moved to a city if this was what we wanted. This is just propaganda of the worst design. Why put this out as the councils will build wear ever the brown envelopes at the biggest.

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    Panic

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Please refrain from this, another unrepresentative poll by a newspaper asking leading questions. Dependent housing that is build using high energy materials, rather than zero rated passive housing or housing that made from local materials, should not be encouraged. Why should we carry on building drafty badly insulated housing with backward heating schemes that leave tenants disposed to high electricity prices? Why do councils interfere when alternative methods and materials are used? And why should the taxpayer finance housing for people who barely can scratch 5% together of the overall sum their rabbit hutches cost?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

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