The South East England Regional Assembly commissioned MORI to carry out an opinion survey as part of the preparation of the South East Plan, the region's new 20-year planning vision. MORI interviewed over 1,800 residents from across the South East about perceptions of their local area, the region and specific issues such as housing, transport and employment.
-66% of the respondents believe that the cost of housing is a serious problem.
-Over 70% of those polled want 2-3 storey terraces homes, town houses, detached or semi-detached homes.
-Seven out of ten people are concerned that infrastructure such as transport, schools and community services to support housing growth is inadequate in the region.
Findings on transport
-Traffic congestion is a serious problem for 45% of people.
-50% say improvements to bus and rail services are key priorities.
-Respondents are concerned that congestion will get worse with more development. Despite this, 65% of those polled oppose the introduction of a congestion charge.
-Crime and vandalism were mentioned as a priority to address by 46% of the respondents.
-35% of the respondents said that opportunities and facilities for young people should be a priority.
The first stage of opinion surveys for the South East Plan was completed at the end of March. The research report is available on the South East Plan website www.southeast-ra.gov.uk/southeastplan
The next two stages of the opinion research will take place between April and June 2004, and in early 2005.