Supported Housing: Older People

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 28th March 2019.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Conservative, Ashford

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the provision of specialist housing for older people as required under the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Conservative, Ashford

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what consultation the Department has undertaken with providers of specialist housing for older people to inform the forthcoming Ministerial guidance in this area.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Conservative, Ashford

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning authorities have detailed planning guidance in place for the provision of specialist housing for older people.

Photo of Giles Watling Giles Watling Conservative, Clacton

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities have a statutory obligation to put in place detailed planning guidance on the provision of specialist housing for older people.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

In the revised National Planning Policy Framework, published in July 2018, we strengthened policy to create a clear expectation that all local authorities have policies in place for addressing the housing needs of older people. The number of authorities with detailed planning guidance on the provision of specialist housing for older people is not recorded.

We will publish further planning guidance, to assist councils to put these policies in place, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Act commitment. We have undertaken extensive engagement in relation to the guidance, including discussions with a range of local authorities, charities and house builder representatives to identify and discuss the key issues. We will publish the guidance in due course.

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