Almost 25% of the UK’s population is over 65 and by 2050, this proportion will have grown to an estimated 37%. While we have ambitious carbon neutral targets for this date, the planning for the care and housing of over a third of the population remains an area short in policy detail. Is this a tenable position for the new government who received votes from an estimated 60% of the UK’s over 65 population?
It appears that there is a bewildering gap between the supply and demand of retirement housing. In Bidwells' latest blog, Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning, explains why it is time to bring policy agenda for senior living housing, out of retirement.
At present only a fraction of older households live in senior housing despite research finding far more people are interested in such options than actually live in them. This is an issue for the individuals involved, their families and capacity in the wider housing market.
Bidwells, in conjunction with Professor Michael Ball, has released its first in a series of research reports on the senior housing market as part of their recently launched retirement living service offering.
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