Park Homes in Scotland: Planning for Retirement Living

Newcastle University was commissioned by the Morris Leslie Group to explore the potential for park homes as an option for retirement living in Scotland, with a particular focus on the planning system. This report presents the findings of the research, drawing upon interviews and focus groups with relevant professionals, analysis of planning policies and examples of previous development.  The research found most planning authorities do not have a policy on park home development and those which do exist are unsupportive, with planning officers holding mixed views. The report recommends that the Scottish Government commit to producing national planning policy on retirement accommodation which details how future needs can be met and includes consideration of the potential of park homes.