A major new report published today (7 December 2015) provides government and developers with an insight into public attitudes toward infrastructure in the UK.
Published by Copper Consultancy in association with Peter Brett Associates, key conclusions in the report include:
There is a tendency to overlook ‘hidden’ infrastructure like energy supply;
Renewable energy and building more homes are the British public’s two biggest priorities;
There is a notable divide in opinion between urban and suburban/rural areas.
The research on which the report is based found that almost 9 out of 10 people in Britain want to see investment in new infrastructure â€“ but many also want more of a say in how itâ€™s planned and delivered.
However, only six per cent of British people think there is a â€˜very well co-ordinatedâ€™ national or local plan. Many people feel that infrastructure projects happen â€˜to themâ€™, not â€˜for themâ€™ and they do not see any local or national coordination.
When asked what would increase confidence in the infrastructure sector, British people said community engagement (41 per cent), consultation (30 per cent), and leadership from politicians (25 per cent) and technical experts (24 per cent).
Commenting on the report, Lord Adonis, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission, said: â€œThis report is timely and vital. For too long the British people have been forced to put up with chaos, congestion and costs, thanks to successive governmentsâ€™ failure to build the long term infrastructure this country needs. So as we establish the independent National Infrastructure Commission, it is clear we have to utterly transform the way we plan and deliver major projects in this country.
â€œThis survey shows that the public want proper investment and planning behind world class developments. But whilst the support is there for real improvement, people rightly demand proper engagement and genuine consultation.
â€œIt is now up to the industry as a whole to take these findings forward and build the broad coalition of support we need to secure the projects of the future.â€
A copy of the report is available to download here.