Summit aims to start conversation on plans for 3,200 new homes over 15 years

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 1 Jun 2018

A special summit is set to be held to discuss thousands of new homes to be built for retired people in North Lincolnshire over the next 15 years.

The retirement living housing summit will be hosted by North Lincolnshire Council at Normanby Hall Country Park on Wednesday.

The council aims for the event to start a new conversation between landowners, developers and other organisations which deliver, or could deliver, its needs for 3,200 retirement living homes over a variety of tenures in the next 15 years.

By 2035, the number of residents over 65 in North Lincolnshire is expected to be approaching 70,000.

The council says it is committed to creating and supporting the market in the supply of retirement accommodation for older people.

Accommodation for older people will be the focus of a summit to be hosted by North Lincolnshire Council (Image: Getty Images)

And officials at the authority say they are confident these new conversations can lead to refreshed possibilities which will offer quality properties for all members of the region’s diverse older community.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "We’re one only a few councils in the country now having this conversation to make sure we have the best retirement accommodation that meets our residents’ needs.

"As more and more older people choose to settle in North Lincolnshire, we need to make sure that we have more bungalows and contained apartments for them to live in.

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"We want to improve the quality of life for our older residents by developing a plan that sees older communities living together.

"More and more people are choosing to retire in North Lincolnshire because of our area’s mix of rural villages and market towns, and the facilities and support we have for older people.

The summit will be held at Normanby Hall Country Park (Image: David Haber)

"It’s only right that we look at what retired people’s housing needs are in North Lincolnshire, and also help people who are looking to move here when they retire.

"To coincide with the summit, we will also be launching a survey to hear from our residents about what they foresee the housing needs for older people being in our area over the next 15 years.

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"At the summit we will set out what we know about this area of the housing market and what will be needed in future, which will hopefully prompt and fuel discussion and proposals for meeting the identified needs.

"In addition, the council will be seeking partnerships to construct 150 new retirement living properties on council land in sites throughout North Lincolnshire.”

The summit will run from 11am to 1pm and places can be booked here.

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