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Polls

You can see an archive of our polls below.

What makes you most proud about where you live?

  •     Green space (36.32%)
  •     Historic buildings (25.94%)
  •     Sense of community (23.58%)
  •     Diversity of shops & places to eat (7.55%)
  •     Range of cultural activities (6.6%)

This poll ended on 28 May 2010.

What should be the priorities for reforming the national planning system?

  •     Green space better protected (33.6%)
  •     Greater protection and clarification on "exceptional circumstances" for the Green Belt (21.6%)
  •     Stronger protection against inappropriate development in a conservation area (9.6%)
  •     Stronger brownfield first for housing policy (8.6%)
  •     Plan positively for high quality design (8.2%)
  •     Other (6%)
  •     Community Right to appeal against grant of permission when local plan is in place (5.6%)
  •     Earlier involvement of local communities through collaborative planning/neighbourhood planning (3.6%)
  •     Stronger curbs on out of town development (3.2%)

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The Government is consulting on National Planning Policy Framework. Which existing policy do you most want to save/strengthened?

  •     Town centre first for retail (4.55%)
  •     Brownfield first for housing (4.04%)
  •     Green Belt (6.06%)
  •     Presumption in favour of conserving designated heritage assets (64.65%)
  •     Promote local distinctiveness (8.59%)
  •     Reduce need to travel (5.05%)
  •     Plan positively for high quality design (5.05%)
  •     Promote higher density & mixed use (2.02%)
  •     Other (please email us details) (0%)

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Do you support the changes to Permitted Development as proposed by the Government?

  •     Yes (29.09%)
  •     No (70.91%)

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Do you support the amendment to the Growth & Infrastructure Bill that will allow councils to opt out of extending permitted development rights?

  •     Yes (60%)
  •     No (31.11%)
  •     Don't know (8.89%)

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Do you think the proposed planning changes that make it easier for home owners to extend their properties make for stronger communities?

  •     Yes - people should be able to do what they want to their own property. People should respect the right of the individual. (6.67%)
  •     No - People should not be able to do what they want as it can impact on others. People should respect they are part of a bigger area. (92.73%)
  •     No impact - No such thing as community anyway. No change (0.61%)

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Now that neighbourhood planning is underway, are you more or less optimistic about the opportunities it presents?

  •     More optimistic, it presents opportunities to improve our neighbourhood (5.26%)
  •     The same, there will always be challenges but it will be what people make of it (42.11%)
  •     Less optimistic, the reality is somewhat different to what I expected (31.58%)
  •     My view has not changed. I always knew it would be a challenge to convince people to participate (21.05%)

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Mary Portas has published her high street review. What do you think are the most important priorities?

  •     “Town Teams” for every high street (6.4%)
  •     Controls over spread of betting shops (3.6%)
  •     Bigger say for local communities on neighbourhood plans (32.8%)
  •     More free parking in town centres (8.4%)
  •     Stronger curbs on out-of-town development (30.4%)
  •     More supporting business rates and rents (6.4%)
  •     Action to tackle empty shops (9.6%)
  •     A National Market Day (2.4%)

This poll ended on 6 March 2012.

The firing gun on neighbourhood planning is about to go off. What would most help make neighbourhood planning a success?

  •     Helpful local councils (27.59%)
  •     Direct funding and support for local communities (34.48%)
  •     Guidance from Government (0%)
  •     Supportive national planning policies (17.24%)
  •     Full coverage of Local Plans by councils (10.34%)
  •     Simple rules and procedures (10.34%)

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The Government's new planning policies are proving controversial. What do you want?

  •     Better protection for local undesignated heritage (22.22%)
  •     Stronger "town centre first" policies for shops, offices and leisure (8.33%)
  •     "Brownfield first" policy for new housing (18.98%)
  •     Removal of bias towards economic growth (17.59%)
  •     Better resourced council planning departments (5.56%)
  •     More of a say for local people (22.22%)

This poll ended on 15 November 2011.

With the rise of clone towns and chain stores how can we better protect our High Streets?

  •     Allow planning authorities to control the mix of shops (10.91%)
  •     Block retail development which closes too many local shops (20%)
  •     Bring empty shops back into use (13.64%)
  •     Tackle landlords who leave property vacant (6.36%)
  •     Introduce community right to protect valued local shops and services (7.27%)
  •     Transfer business rates from out-of-town development to reduce rates in town centres (23.64%)
  •     Free up councils to offer rate relief (6.36%)
  •     Provide free parking (11.82%)

This poll ended on 15 September 2011.