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Nimbyism 'not so common after all'

The prevailing orthodoxy that 'nimbyism' is rife throughout Britain is being challenged.

A new report by Kate Barker, a Bank of England economist with the ear of the Chancellor Gordon Brown, has found that most people would not object to new residential developments near their homes.

Only 24 per cent of people oppose the construction of new homes in their areas.

This statistic - for Barker's forthcoming Review of Land-Use Planning - will leave many architects astonished.

Most practices working in the residential area are used to heavy opposition to new developments.

Far less surprising is the finding that over 50 per cent of locals would object to new commercial offices near their homes.

by Ed Dorrell

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