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PR 33 - New guidance promotes 'extra-care' housing for a sharply ageing population

30 October 2007

There will be at least 5 million more people in the UK aged over 60 by 2026 (an increase of over 40% in the next 20 years). The proportion of over 75s will increase even more sharply by 54%. The chance to maintain independent living, with different levels of care support, requires the provision of the right sort of housing in the right places, says a new guidance note from the Department of Health, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP).

The good practice note is due to be launched at the 'Planning and Health in the Community' conference, 30 October 2007, Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, London. Press places are available on request.

Jenny Crawford, RTPI Head of Research said: \"We are in new territory, looking beyond short-term fixes which tuck away older people in the belief that a roof over their head, sometimes with a one-size-fits-all warden service, is sufficient. Consensus shows we need strong planning guidance for the co-ordination of public and private response to the housing, health and community implications of demographic change.\"

Jeremy Porteus, National Programme Lead for CSIP networks, said: \"With challenges growing all the time, we need innovation and imagination on behalf of architects and developers. Equally, those in public bodies must respond with the same ingenuity and imagination when considering those proposals for fresh ways to meet the needs of older residents requiring care.\"

The good practice note concentrates on developing an understanding of what the integration of extra care housing offers to the development of housing markets that must meet the pressures and needs of our ageing population. In response, the Government will soon publish a National Housing Strategy for Older People. The RTPI and CSIP believe that this guide will be a helpful contribution to its delivery.

For further information or to book a free press place at the conference please contact:

Andrew Kliman, RTPI Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479,

Notes to Editors

1. In 2006 the Care Services Improvement Partnership and RTPI commissioned work to scope and research good practice. Initial research and consultations coordinated by Gerald Eve Associates demonstrated the diversity of interests, experience and delivery mechanisms involved. A draft consultation document was subsequently drawn up by Trevor Edwards and this formed the basis of a consultation exercise to develop a Good Practice Note for Planners.

2. The consultation document Housing for an Ageing Population was published in December 2006. Consultation responses were invited through the RTPI website, CSIP's Housing Learning Improvement Network, \"Planning\" magazine, the RTPI Regions and Nations and Networks, including Room for All, the RTPI Housing Network. It invited feedback on the emerging issues for decision-making in local planning policy and development management from demand for housing designed to meet the needs of older people.

3. An embargoed copy of the Good Practice Note 8, Extra Care Housing is attached or will be available from the RTPI website: or from CSIP Networks' Housing LIN from Tuesday 30 October

4. The Good Practice Note can be found at:

5. The Royal Town Planning Institute

The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people. We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space. Through our 20,000 members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:
41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, charity no. 262865

6. Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)

The Care Services Improvement Partnership supports positive changes in services and in the wellbeing of vulnerable people with health and social care needs. Visit the website to find out more: