The Office for National Statistics have published figures that show that in 2025 there will be a 22% increase in the number of people aged 65 in the UK. This translates to a population of 14.3 million people aged over 65, compared to 11.7 million in 2015. The number of people aged over 85 is set to double in the next 20 years.
There is therefore an ever increasing need to provide sufficient and appropriate accommodation for old people. As the population gets older, the housing needs for people are changing. The gap is growing between supply and demand of available properties that provide care and extra care facilities. It is also more common now for local authorities to devolve their powers for providing accommodation with care or extra care facilities to specialist providers.
Managing the Accommodation Needs of Older People (MANOP) team at Central Bedfordshire Council is actively promoting the open market development of extra care schemes across the district, as well as requiring mainstream housing designed to meet the needs of older people. The MANOP team is seeking to ensure that adequate provision is made for older people in its residential development schemes.
The Council have said that small scale development within or on the edges of towns or villages is preferable, as people like to stay close to their local community. It’s also important for housing for older people to be located close to services and facilities. The MANOP team said ’as over 75% of our older population own their homes there is a significant demand for open market extra care housing and there are currently no open market schemes in our area’.
There are opportunities now to pursue sites through the planning process that are in accessible locations, on the edges of towns or villages to meet the housing needs of older people. In some cases the provision of such accommodation may help to facilitate the delivery of the residential scheme.
If you have land that you consider may be suitable for this purpose or you wish to discuss this opportunity further, then please get in touch with us today.
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