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This study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority to investigate the role of planning in meeting the housing needs of older Londoners. Partly a ‘think piece’, the study looked specifically at the role of the planning system in helping to ensure that older Londoners have a choice of homes that they can afford and which meet their requirements for different sizes and types of dwellings in high quality environments. The study also included original research on the scale of need for specialist housing at local level.


The findings of the study have been used to inform the Housing SPG and it is expected that the study will be of use to Boroughs in the development of polices related to older persons housing. The findings of the study will inform the further alterations to the London Plan with a view to strengthening policy on the delivery of older persons housing (further work may be required on older persons needs for other specialist services). In addition, the report will be of use to the Mayor’s Housing and Investment Teams, when updating the Housing Strategy and making funding decisions.


Sarah Monk

Gemma Burgess

Publication Date

14th December 2012