We have the problem of an ageing population:
Sidmouth does not really need any more expensive gated communities for the well-to-do elderly:
More details about Sidford ‘retirement development’ rejection
And perhaps developers are finding it too much to provide such exclusive housing:
Because Sidmouth needs more affordable housing – for both young and old:
Yesterday’s Observer highlighted Sidmouth in a recent report – with a 17% increase in people aged 55 and over expected during the next two decades:
Lack of homes suitable for older people fuels housing crisis – report
Failure to plan for ageing population will also add to pressure on health and care services
England’s small towns are set to swell with increasing numbers of elderly people as they reject city living amid a hidden housing crisis caused by a lack of appropriate homes for a rapidly ageing population, a new study reveals.
Failure to improve housing options for the elderly could add hugely to care and NHS costs, with the Building Research Establishment forecasting that inappropriate housing for the over-55s will cost nearly £20bn by 2041. Hip fractures caused by falls on stairs, excess cold and overcrowding are among the threats.
Here is the RIBA press release – and the full report which shows Sidmouth at the top of the table:
Severe lack of age-friendly homes
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Monday 15 July) launched a call for urgent action to tackle the severe lack of age-friendly housing.
RIBA’s report, A home for the ages: Planning for the future through age-friendly design, emphasises the importance of well-designed, purpose built new homes that enable people to play a more active role in their communities as they age.
The full report can be downloaded from our website.
Some five years ago, a briefing paper from the Building Research Establishment looked into exactly the same issues:
Meanwhile, the Royal Institute of British Architects has been looking at some more successful projects:
Finally, from the Futures Forum archive:
The ten local authorities with the highest percentage of the population over 65 are on the coast, with five being in the South West region. Within 20 years it is estimated that 40 per cent of the population of west England will be over 65.