Overcoming NIMBY Opposition

Developing any type of new property in an existing neighbourhood is fraught with difficulty. Local residents often express a whole series of concerns about falling property prices, lack of parking and change to neighbourhood character. If the development is to house higher needs social housing tenants, the NIMBY opposition can become extreme. Community housing providers, who are relatively new entrants to the development business, need to learn a fresh set of skills and approaches if they are to supply the new housing we urgently need.

This paper provides an introduction as to why people oppose new affordable housing developments, giving insights based on approaches used in Australia and other countries. It aims to be practical, finishing with a checklist of key areas to consider when planning a consultation process. Although NIMBY opposition can appear daunting, it is a common problem around the world and there are various free resources that can make like easier.