Affordability of care homes [2]

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many care homes have you approved under your mayoralty, how many units has this delivered, and of those units how many were affordable?


Answer for Affordability of care homes [2]

Answer for Affordability of care homes [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Plan and associated Supplementary Planning Guidance recognise that there are different types of specialist older peoples accommodation: some are categorised in the planning system as 'conventional' housing (C3 use class); while some are non self-contained and more institutional in character and as such categorised as Residential Institutions ('C2' use class) and some specialised developments include elements of both types.

The metrics for measuring the different types of provision also vary - C3 conventional housing provision tends to be measured in units. The subject of your question 'care homes' are considered as C2 and are usually measured in bedspaces rather than units. As set out in the answer to MQ 1765, C2 care homes are not subject to affordable housing requirements.

While the overall number of care homes approved and completed (on site) is monitored through the London Development Database this data is not yet available for the 10 months of this mayoralty.