What do residents want from their town?

11 March 2021

DEMOS report provides some insight.

Demos is a, UK based, cross party think tank with a cross-party political viewpoint. Over the past 20 years it has specialised in social policy, developing evidence-based solutions in a range of areas - from education and skills to health and housing.

It has recently published a report on the ‘The Future of Towns’.  The report seeks to understand what residents want the future of their towns to look like. It touches on the impact of the pandemic but goes deeper, with the aim of unpicking how different attitudes collect together. 

The result is a rich view of public attitudes towards factors which affect their places. In doing so, a clear distinction emerged between two sets of respondents who had diametrically opposing views on what they want the future of their places to look like.

The authors argue that managing the very different aspirations of these two groups in relation to the development of Towns will be a considerable challenge.


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