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Shelter launches online 'housing opposition' aid

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A new online resource aimed at helping planners and developers gauge opposition to housing developments has been launched by national charity Shelter

People using the Shelter Housing Insights for Communities will be able to uncover details in local authority areas, such as demographic groups and the attitudes held toward home building projects.

According to the housing charity, planners will be able to get a clear insight into the concerns of local people, and will be able to prioritise community members to consult on housing developments.

Shelter added: ‘Communications can be targeted and streamlined, making them more cost-effective.’

The online resource shows that struggling families are among the least likely demographic to oppose planning applications, while those at the other end of the scale, wealthy executives, are most likely to voice their concerns.

Shelter’s director of campaigns, policy and communications, Kay Boycott, said: ‘While 72 per cent of people agree that we need more homes in this country, 48 per cent would oppose plans to build on their street.

‘Increasing understanding of people’s concerns regarding development in their area is a vital step on the long road to providing decent, affordable housing for everyone.’

She added that the local authorities would be able to use the resource to identify issues and attitudes towards housing projects.

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