Elderly population to more than double
A UNIQUE toolkit designed to identify suitable sites for new care home developments has been re-launched as new Government figures highlight the pressing accommodation needs of the UK’s ageing population.
New population figures show the number of people aged over 65 has reached an all time high and is set to surpass the number of those under 16 by 2023.
ONS’ (Office for National Statistics) population projections released recently highlight the extent of projected ageing in England over the next 25 years.
The elderly population is projected to see by far the greatest rate of increase of any age group.
The number of people over 85 is projected to more than double, to just over 3m, while those age 65-84 are projected to increase by 47% to over 12m. This compares with just 6% growth in the working age population and 10% growth in the number of under 18s.
These levels of growth will mean Local Authorities need to plan for changing housing needs to adequately meet the needs of local people, particularly with regard to needs associated with the elderly population.
National planning design and economics consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) has re-launched its 2014 CAREpacity toolkit which aims to support elderly accommodation providers.
Jennifer Nye, a senior planner at NLP, said: “The need for specialist housing for older people is often not fully recognised and it is often wrongly assumed that this need can be met through home adaption alone.
“As a result, proposals for specialist housing for older people can often encounter issues in the planning system.
“CAREpacity is a specific package of tools aimed at helping developers assess the potential for specialist housing for older people and presenting the best possible case for such development. “
“Our toolkit helps helps operators and developers identify potential development opportunities, appraise their planning potential and present a clear planning case highlighting benefits which include the reduction in social exclusion, release of under-occupied homes for families and increased health and well-being.”
CAREpacity draws on NLP’s extensive planning and economics skill-set developed through over 50 years’ of practice.
NLP recently delivered planning permission within four months for developer S4NT for the construction and refurbishment of 26 high-quality, sheltered accommodation buildings, providing a total of 320 rooms in North Tyneside.
Ms Nye added: “NLP’s CAREpacity provides a helping hand through the planning system. We understand the unique nature of this type of development, the challenges often faced in delivering such schemes and the ways to overcome them.”