MHCLG have published findings from the British Attitudes Survey
2017 into public attitudes to house building.
In 2017 55% of respondents were supportive of new homes being
built in their local area but 21% of respondents were opposed to
new homes being built in their area. Although the proportion of
people opposed to new homes in their area remained the same as in
2014 it is significantly less than in 2010 (46%).
Those opposed to new homes and those neither supportive nor
opposed to new homes, when asked what would make them more
supportive, cited amongst other things "more affordable homes to
rent (from councils or housing associations)" and "more homes for
low cost home ownership/shared ownership"
Given a free choice 88% of respondents said they would choose to
buy a home whilst 11% said they would choose to rent.
Read the full survey findings.