Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q2. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 17440193//2
Respondent Alex Child [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

There is a need for specialist housing for older people in North Somerset. The supply of specialised accommodation for home ownership is extremely limited in comparison with demand in North Somerset and particularly so in Clevedon . A recent report carried out by Three dragons in the town found that despite a high level of owner occupation among older households and a preference to continue in home ownership, there is an under-supply of sheltered accommodation for home ownership and a severe undersupply of Extra Care accommodation for home ownership as there are no private sector schemes aimed at owner occupiers. Clevedon has 14 schemes: 9 for social rent, 1 for market rent and 4 leasehold sale. The provision of specialist housing in a community creates the opportunity for shorter-distance moves, enhancing the mix of age groups and community sustainability. Older people can retain their social and service networks, reducing the degree of adjustment required and hence the stress of moving. Proximity to family members enables mutual support including child care, shopping, transport to activities and appointments. Overall such schemes bring about an improvement to health and well being in the older people who reside there with consequent savings to the public purse.

Policy formulation for Clevedon should therefore include provisions that specifically encourage the provision of retirement housing for older people.

 

Summary
The supply of specialised accommodation for home ownership is extremely limited in comparison with demand in North Somerset and particularly so in Clevedon. Policy formulation for Clevedon should therefore include provisions that specifically encourage the provision of retirement housing for older people.
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