Public support house-building drive to tackle the country’s housing crisis

Two thirds of Britons want more homes built in order to provide homes for younger people and those on lower incomes to tackle the worst housing crisis the country has seen in generations, according to a new poll.

The YouGov survey, which was commissioned by the National Housing Federation, found strong support for increasing the supply of new homes after house-building last year slumped to its lowest level since the 1920s.

And despite a high profile lobbying campaign against the Government’s reforms to the planning system, a majority (54%) back its 'presumption in favour of sustainable development'.

The Federation, which represents England’s housing associations, said the results highlighted how there was now a general consensus that the country was facing a housing crisis and that building more homes was the only effective way to solve it.