March 26, 2009 Construction Now
Planners are facing an increasingly difficult struggle to get public acceptance of development projects, according to an annual survey of public attitudes.
The UK Saint Index found that the percentage of people that have objected to a development project in the past year has increased to 21% of the population, up from 13% in 2007.
General opposition to development is running at 85%, down one percentage point from last year, while the percentage of the population who actively favour developments remains at six
People’s responses do depend on what type of project is under consideration. Schools (43%) and windfarms (21%) are the most popular, ahead of private housing (19%), new roads (17%) and convenience food (12%).