Summit held over plans for thousands of new homes in North Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Jun 2018

A summit has been held to begin discussions which could lead to thousands of new retirement living homes being built in North Lincolnshire over a 15-year period.

The event was hosted by North Lincolnshire Council at Normanby Hall today and was attended by council members and staff, planning developers and residents.

The discussions came after a need for 3,200 retirement living homes over a variety of tenures was identified by the council.

By 2035, the number of residents over 65 in North Lincolnshire is expected to rise from around 30,000 to approaching 70,000.

Nick Thompson, associate director and head of planning at Northgate Investment Management, was among those to attend the summit.

He said: "It's been a really positive day. North Lincolnshire Council are very proactive and have been great to work with so far, and we will be collaborating further to get the scheme that suits both of us.


Nick Thompson, Associate Director and Head of Planning at Northgate (Image: Dave Haber)

"The need case for specialist housing for the elderly has been sat out very clearly today, and that’s something we’ve set out for a number of months and we’re very excited of what we want to bring forward.

"We have the ability to build a scheme that is going to be great for the tenants – that is what is important to us – making the accommodation better to meet their needs.

"Now we want to move forward with it on some brilliant locations owned by the council."

Caroline Evans, from Bottesford, said: "Keeping people in the area is important and if the council can do that with affordable retirement homes then that’s certainly a positive.

"The quality of living for older residents improving is important and it’s good to see initiative being taken."

Council bosses say the authority is committed to a long-term plan to create and support the market in the supply of retirement accommodation for older people.


The summit was held at Normanby Hall (Image: Dave Haber)

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "We’ve had a growing number of investors who are particularly keen to build an older product for retirement living – that’s incredibly important for us.

"It shows we have a growing need for older people’s accommodation, but we also have a growing number of investors who are prepared to come and help us to build them in North Lincolnshire.

"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.

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

"We’ve put some council land up and will continue to working in partnership with investors, developers and other organisations to deliver."



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