Bungalow Brandon praised by landowners’ group for older people remarks
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing
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Housing Minister Brandon Lewis (photo) has been praised by a landowners’ organisation for his remarks on building bungalows for older people.
The CLA (Country Land and Business Association) said for years it had highlighted the lack of housing available in rural areas for older generations, leaving many with no choice but to relocate to towns.
CLA President Henry Robinson said: "A lack of housebuilding in the countryside has meant that for decades older people in villages have been left unable to downsize…By 2021, 54% of households will be aged over 65 yet the current housing supply is failing to meet the needs of an aging population.
"Mr Lewis is absolutely right to promote the building of bungalows which will allow older people to stay in the countryside while simultaneously freeing up family properties, and lessening the housing shortage. The government must not allow housing density targets designed for urban areas to limit the provision of bungalow housing in rural locations."
Robinson added that "good design is crucial in all new developments and bungalows are no exception".
In an interview with the Telegraph, Brandon Lewis said: “Representing Great Yarmouth we have got a few areas that have got quite large bungalows and some very, very nice bungalow properties.
“I think they are a really really important part of the mix – my inlaws are in their 70s, pretty fit, mentally really with it, they live in a normal house which they both struggle with. They are not ready to move into what they would see as a retirement home, but where they live there is not access to bungalows.
“We should be looking to love bungalows a little bit more. They are an important part of the mix particularly if we do say to people like my in-laws ‘look there is somewhere you can move to which is ideal for you without having to go into what you might see as a retirement home’.
“In some areas on the outskirts of London you have tonnes and tonnes of apartments being built and not enough houses, because not everyone wants to live in an apartment.”
The CLA has around 33,000 members and is dedicated to supporting landowners and their businesses. CLA members own or manage approximately half the rural land in England and Wales.