Published: 28th Aug 2019

The UK needs to radically re-think housing for older people, according to research.  Law firm Shakespeare Martineau and the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN) surveyed 200 senior figures in the UK ‘later living’ sector including private developers, registered providers, local authorities, care operators, architects, charities and voluntary organisations. They found that not only was increasing housing supply stated as a key issue but the UK must provide a wider range of appropriate accommodation for older people in the UK – by offering a range of schemes, designs and tenure options. The research showed that pressure from the UK’s growing ageing population is well-recognised in the housing sector. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents believe that the demand for later living accommodation will increase over the next five years. However, respondents say meeting this demand requires ‘urgent action’ from both the government and the sector itself. Planning regulation was highlighted … (To read the full article, subscribe below)