‘Unlocking Potential for Senior Living Development’ by Irwin Mitchell and Knight Frank

The research in the publication ‘Unlocking Potential for Senior Living Development’ by Irwin Mitchell and Knight Frank shows that nearly half of England’s Local Authorities still don’t have clear policies in place to support housing for seniors. We find this simply staggering given the current demographics of the country and the fact that the number over people 65 or over is set to rise drastically in the next 20 years.

We support the need for planning authorities to provide clearly defined use classes for senior living developments to ensure consistency across the board. Furthermore, we reinforce the call for Local Authorities to have supportive senior housing policies in place. Without these clear definitions and policies senior living will continue to take a back seat which is such a shame given the potential for growth and innovation in the sector.

The publication highlights the best locations for private and affordable senior living development. The upshot is there are opportunities for one or the other in the majority of the country, particularly in urban locations and in south west London where Archadia have expert local knowledge. Whether you are developing for the private or affordable market Archadia can help to locate sites using a planning policy led method and provide innovative architectural solutions. We believe the number of senior living developments needs to increase and we can provide the expert help to assist in making this happen.