People powered planning

This report from the UK think tank Demos looks at how to involve more people in planning to get more homes built.

The planning system has been captured by those most opposed to new housebuilding, according to People Powered Planning. The report, funded by Nationwide Building Society, has found that almost twice as many homeowners (56%) have engaged with the planning system than renters (29%). The report, based on a survey of 1,000 UK adults, found that a minority of homeowners (42%) support new homes, compared to a majority of renters (60%). However, the majority of homeowners (56%) have engaged with the planning system, compared to a minority of renters (29%). Research shows that there is also a significant generational gap between those who support the building of new homes and those who don’t. Less than half of those aged over 55 (39%) support new homes, compared to most 18-34 year olds (57%), whilst more over 55s (50%) are likely to have engaged in the planning system than young people (46%). Involving a broader range of people in decisions about house-building could increase support for new homes. The report calls for local planning authorities to trial the use of deliberative decision-making methods, such as citizens’ assemblies, in the local plan making process.

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