“National crusade to get homes built must not exclude the elderly.
Retirement housebuilder, Churchill Retirement Living responds to The Prime Minister’s closing speech to Conservative Party Conference where he called for a ‘national crusade to get homes built’.
Churchill Retirement Living’s Chairman, Spencer McCarthy, said:
“Measures to help young people get on the ladder and build more homes for them are vitally important. However, with so much focus on those at the start of the housing ladder, government must ensure an appropriate range of housing is also available to older people, and they are not left out of the housing mix.
“The Prime Minister’s plans are an attempt to redress the chronic lack of housing supply in the UK. However, building more homes for first time buyers is not the only piece of this puzzle – another important part is bringing larger family housing back into the market to help ‘second steppers’ and house families.
“Older people can hold the key to this - by downsizing they free up larger family homes they no longer need - but they need specialist housing in the right location to move into.
“At Churchill, we’ve warned before that too much emphasis on building ‘starter homes’ will actually act as a barrier for this market, by creating too many homes of one type and not providing sufficient housing for older people.
“We look forward to seeing further detail – but hope common sense prevails when local authorities are making planning decisions, and they consider the needs of people of all ages, not just those at the start of the housing ladder. The PM’s national crusade to get homes built must not exclude the elderly.”