Londoners support restrictions on the construction of high-rise buildings
A case study showed that Londoners support restrictions on the construction of high-rise buildings in their city.
An opinion poll conducted by marketing and research firm Ipsos Mori, which covered 500 Londoners, revealed that most of those living in the center and neighborhoods close to it (49%) think that the number of tall buildings designed, offered and built currently in London - on the basis of the fact that at the time of the study there were 270 of them - it is redundant. 42% of residents in central London claim that this number is acceptable.
Statistical analysis performed by Ipsos Mori after this survey showed that 400 high-rise buildings are being designed, proposed or built. Relation to high-rise construction turned out to be more restrained among residents of the outskirts of London, where only 34% of respondents said that too many high-rise buildings were being built , and their number was considered acceptable by 50% of the respondents.
Most residents believe that high-rise buildings should be built only in places such as the financial district, the City, or the business complex of Kanari Wharf.
Londoners are not confident about the real role of high-rise buildings in solving housing problems; 24% find traditional terraced buildings as the most suitable buildings to meet the needs of Londoners, and 21% find low-rise multi-purpose apartment buildings.
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Only 8% believe that residential buildings of 20 or more floors are what is needed, although in central London slightly more respondents adhere to this point of view (11%).
The population of central London is more skeptical about who benefits from high-rise buildings: 60% say they are rich foreigners. In distant districts, this version is shared by 46%.
73% of Londoners agree that their opinion on proposals for new buildings should be taken into account, and 27% said that they would hardly vote for a candidate who supports high-rise buildings in their area.
Ben Page, executive director of Ipsos MORI, said: “This and other recent surveys unequivocally demonstrate a desire to have more control over the height of new buildings in London, as well as concern,that the new skyscrapers are mainly designed for wealthy foreigners and do not solve the problem of affordable housing. ”
The study was commissioned by a group of Skyline Campaign, opposing high-rise construction in the capital.