Centenary poll survey findings infographics
A poll commissioned to mark the centenary of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the professional body representing 23,000 planners working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, reveals an overwhelming majority of the public (79%) want a bigger say over the development of their communities.
The results are based on a nationally-representative survey of 2,083 UK adults conducted on behalf of the RTPI by Populus, 22nd-23rd October 2014.
According to the RTPI survey, people generally rate their local area as a good place to live (49% think their area is good, and 21% think it is excellent), but just 52% think that local services are generally of good quality. Many people have a very downbeat view of their local economy:
- 48% of people think their local area offers too few economic opportunities;
- 30% think their area has got worse over the past five years;
- Only 36% think their local economy will improve over the next five years.
One in four people say they are likely to move away from their local area in the next five years.
The findings also show local people believe that investing directly in their communities is the best route to economic growth. More than 4 in 10 believe their political leaders are unprepared for future economic challenges and almost a third feel their area has declined over the past five years.