Within these 6,617 wheelchair homes delivered as part of the London Plan in the four years FY2010 to FY2013, there has been a strong move from 38% in 2010 to to 64% in 2013 of these wheelchair homes ultimately ending up in the private market sector- whilst the social rented sector has remained fairly fixed around the 500 homes level. This shows a clear demand from the private market for these types of homes. We know from charities and housing associations like the Papworth Trust and Habinteg Homes that this matters to many disabled people - and is part of the solution to enabling them to lead more independent lives as part of integrated communities.
What do you think is driving this growth? What more can be done to encourage developers to build these homes for commercial reasons alone, and not simply as part of regulatory compliance?