Who cares about the built environment?

Recent results from a poll commissioned by architecture and advocacy organisation, Open-City has found that people living and working within the capital feel they have little say in the design of new buildings and public spaces in their local areas. It found 65% of people believe they do not have enough of a say in their local built environment despite 98.2% feeling it was important for this area to be well designed. These findings have come just before the drastic changes in planning regulations, giving locals more power in shaping their local environment, take hold. In a few years time, it will be interesting to see what impact these changes have on people’s perceptions of their power to influence decisions affecting their local built environment.