As well as not wanting to live in flats, Housing Futures: Informed Public Opinion, found the public do not want blocks of flats built in their area.
The research found that the public still aspire to live in a semi-detached or terraced house. The findings contradict the belief that detached "executive" homes are most likely to raise objections – the research showed that detached houses are the most popular form of development.
The findings give an idea of what resistance there is likely to be to different types of development
Stephen Platt, author of Housing Futures research
The findings have come to light as the government is revising PPG3, its planning policy guidance that has increased housing density. This was introduced four years ago and increased housing density from 25 units/ha to 30-50 units/ha.
PPG3 has had a dramatic impact on the type of homes built: the proportion of apartments has risen from 17% in 1999 to 42% in the first quarter of this year. Over the same period the share of detached houses has fallen from 45% to 22%.