Nimbyism at all time high

The Saint ReportNIMBY

By Nick Keable | Chief Executive at Development Intelligence

Originally published on LinkedIn

NIMBY-ism in Britain is at an all-time high, according to our latest DI Tracker survey.

For the past three years we’ve been surveying the general public and elected councillors about their views on different types of development, as well as their attitudes towards developers and the planning system.

The latest DI Tracker finds that nine out of 10 people think their own neighbourhood is already overdeveloped or just fine the way it is. This is the highest we’ve found since DI Tracker and its predecessor was first commissioned in 2006.

Although people do accept the need for homes to be built somewhere, with 55% stating they would support new housing, the challenge for the property industry is that people do not want to see those new homes built anywhere near them. Despite all the talk of a housing crisis and the Government promising one million new homes before 2020, the public remain implacably NIMBY.

Those who object most strongly to development are older, more suburban people who are likely to own their own homes and now do not want to see any kind of change to their neighbourhood. Indeed, the two main reasons people give for opposing development are the impact on traffic and the impact on the character of their community.

The thin slither of silver lining for developers is that our survey finds that elected councillors are less NIMBY and more open to new development than their voters. But the scale of local opposition shows just how much of an uphill struggle the Government, developers and local councils face if they want to secure people’s support for new development.

Beneath these headline figures DI Tracker has a wealth of information about attitudes towards development, developers and the planning system. A short video summary of some of the key findings can be found here.