Retirement living: Bridging the gap

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Councils can’t afford not to address the housing needs of the rapidly aging UK population

The growing need for specialist accommodation for older people in the UK is well documented. Suffice it to say, the number of people aged over 85 in the UK is expected to double over the next 20 years, fuelling an already significant national shortfall which Knight Frank puts at 100,000 market standard beds and which will be steadily worsening over the coming years without a significant increase in the rate of new builds.

Meanwhile it is widely recognised that the planning system for retirement living in its various guises is woefully unfit for purpose. 

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