GLA topic paper: specialist older persons housing

Cover GLA Specialist Housing

London is a (comparatively) ‘young city’, however, it is expected to experience substantial growth in its older population. By 2029 the number of older person households (aged 65 and over) will have increased by 37 per cent, with households aged 75 and over (most likely to move into specialist older persons housing) increasing by 42 per cent.

It is essential that the London Plan ensures the provision of accommodation suitable to meet the needs of older Londoners

This paper aims to explain the rationale behind the proposed policy approach, provide clarification and support the draft London Plan policy and its requirements in relation to specialist older persons housing, in particular the implications for accessible housing provision through:

  • the definitions used to describe different types of specialist older persons housing
  • the Use Class categorisation of specialist older persons housing in London