PRP Holds Seminar to launch Emerging Trends in Older People’s Housing Report
On 14 May 2014, PRP held a seminar in London to launch its Integrated by Design Report, which looks at the Current Provision and emerging trends for older people’s housing in the UK. The seminar was chaired by Jeremy Porteus, Director of Housing LIN who briefly talked about the need to integrate older people’s housing in the wider community and provide a holistic approach to housing which is more adaptable to individual needs.
Roger Battersby, PRP’s Managing Partner and the author of the Emerging Trends report, discussed the report’s findings and called for the provision of appropriate housing to be recognised as a key component of the government’s integration agenda which is calling for greater collaboration between health, adult services . He suggested that that ‘later life movers’ rather than ‘first time buyers’ should be incentivised’ to create room at the top of the housing ladder by releasing under-occupied family homes to the market.. Roger referred to a few examples of best practice such as Kidbrooke which provided a lifestyle choice for residents with older people in the heart of the community.
Craig Percy, Chief Operating Officer, LifeCare Residences, added a private sector perspective to the discussion and said that security and companionship are the key requirements for an ageing population. He said the number of people over 85 is set to double by 2030 and we need to provide aspirational homes to incentivise people to downsize. He outlined their Battersea Place scheme as London’s first luxury retirement community, complete with a swimming pool and theatre.
Tracey Kerly, Head of Community and Housing, Ashford Borough Council, talked about the increasing demand for older people’s housing in the Borough and the challenges from a local authority perspective in meeting this demand. By 2030 she anticipates they will need over 2,000 units for older people. She highlighted the need to encourage downsizing and encouraging Extra Care under Section 106 agreements. Farrow Court was mentioned as a good example of sheltered housing provided by the Borough.