Planning Permission for Retirement Housing

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Inside Housing recently reported that some local authorities in London were accused of halting plans for older people's housing because of the rising cost of elderly care. Are you aware of this, and how is your housing strategy and planning guidance helping to ensure there is suitable housing for older people in London?


Answer for Planning Permission for Retirement Housing

Answer for Planning Permission for Retirement Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I am aware of this article. 

In the draft Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP) and the draft Housing Strategy I propose to strengthen considerably policy on provision of specialist accommodation for older Londoners. The FALP recognise that over 64s are likely to constitute about a third of future population increase. Most but not all of this group may want to remain in their current homes, but there could be a requirement for 3,600 - 4,200 specially designed flats.

It is proposed that boroughs should be required to demonstrate in their Local Plans how they have identified and addressed that need, taking into account local need benchmarks set out in the Alterations. To this end boroughs will be required to work proactively with a range of developers to bring forward new housing.  Further details are set out in paragraphs 3.50 - 3.50e of the FALP.