There is a growing need for homes for older and retired people

We specialise in retirement living homes

Blue Cedar Homes is a specialist retirement homes builder that provides housing for a fast growing segment of the population. The needs of older people in the housing market are well recognised by central government, as well as local authorities, who have a responsibility to ensure that a range of housing stock is available to meet the housing demands of people into their retirement.

Forecasts indicate a significant rise in the proportion of the population who are over 65, particularly outside of the main metropolitan areas of England, with Somerset and its rural districts likely to experience significant growth in the over 65s population.

A growing local need in Somerset

Through its emerging Local Plan evidence, Sedgemoor District Council has identified that the number of people aged 65 and over in Sedgemoor is significantly higher than the UK average. In 2011 the proportion of people aged 65 and over in Sedgemoor was 22%. The submission local plan for Sedgemoor predicts that this proportion of people over 65 in Sedgemoor will increase by 67% between 2011 to 2032, with a higher (115%) increase in the number of people aged 85 and over.

This evidence is further supported through a bespoke community questionnaire that was undertaken by the Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan Group in Spring 2017. 26% of respondents identified a need for a proportion of new homes in Wedmore to be specifically aimed at the needs of the retired population.

Freeing up larger homes for younger families

The Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan survey carried out in 2017 found that 77% of respondents lived in 3-5 bedroom houses and many would like small and easy access homes like bungalows.

A lack of suitable and available 'downsizing' accommodation can mean that larger owner-occupied housing remain under-occupied by ageing home owners who wish to move to suitable accommodation. Providing a choice and range of age-appropriate housing will free-up housing that would be more suited to family use.

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