I doubt the value however of hypothetical questions without sites. A question on ‘edge of settlement’ will immeadiately alert someone to thinking about their settlement whilst new settlement will be viewed as somewhere else. Of course new settlements are almost always rated onto smaller existing ones.
Ipsos MORI was commissioned to carry out a survey of adult residents living across the Horsham and Mid Sussex local authority areas. The purpose of the survey for Meeting Place Communications was to help understand local opinion on housing topics as well as preferences for potential future housing developments.
The survey findings include:
- When presented with two potential options for building new homes in Mid Sussex and Horsham, 31% of residents say that they would, in principle, prefer to see new homes built in a single new town, while 24% would, in principle, prefer to see the building of new homes on the edge of existing towns and villages. 15% of residents say that they would prefer both options and 29% say that they would prefer neither option. These options were presented theoretically and respondents were asked for their answers ‘in principle’.
- Overall, almost half (47%) of Horsham and Mid Sussex residents say that they support the building of new homes in their local authority area, in principle, while one in three (34%) say that they oppose this.
- Two thirds (69%) of Horsham and Mid Sussex residents agree that building new homes would help young people and families stay, compared to one in four who disagree (24%).
- Three in five (61%) residents agree that building new homes would help to create jobs and other economic benefits for local people and local businesses, compared to one in three (34%) who disagree.
- When thinking about the whole of the Mid Sussex/ Horsham local authority area, one in three (34%) residents agree that there are too few new homes being built, while three in five (58%) disagree.
- One fifth (22%) of Horsham and Mid Sussex residents agree that there is enough affordable housing locally, compared to 64% who disagree.