Planning magazine has recently highlighted that the shifting demographic profile not only adds pressure to an already squeezed housing market, it also demands that the right type of accommodation is built - homes that meet the unique needs of our increasingly elderly population.
Steve Quartermain, the DCLG Chief Planner, recently warned that some local authorities are failing to plan for an ageing population, "an issue we need to address". Earlier this year, the department awarded a tender for a research project that it said would "inform a wider project on the development of housing policy specific to older people".
David Evans, President of POS, has raised concerns over the "opt-in" nature of the government's plans. "If we have a national issue, as we do with the ageing population, then the government should be bold enough to say this is actually a requirement, and that it should be mandatory," he told the Planning reporter.