Fyson on... How studies have proved that flats are second best

British resistance to living in flats has been reconfirmed by the latest Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) survey of housing attitudes. Only two years after it published the results of its first MORI examination of people's preferences, CABE commissioned another, this time in-depth, study based on a review of 25 consumer surveys, qualitative research using six representative focus groups and more than 900 online surveys of prospective home buyers. The resulting report, What Home Buyers Want (Planning, 25 March, p8), confirms yet again that people overwhelmingly prefer to live in houses with gardens.

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