Reframing the housing offer for older people

A thought provoking report  Reframing the housing offer for older people was published on Monday 1 October to mark International Older People’s Day.  It is   based on research undertaken by PHASE at Manchester School of Architecture.  It was produced in collaboration with: Greater Manchester Combined Authority  and the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub.  It was supported by the Centre for Ageing Better .

A key point is that a large proportion of older people for many reasons don’t make proactive life choices about their future housing, and only move home when they reach crisis point.  The report makes the case for innovative new approaches to ensure that new housing is both attractive and within reach of those who wish to move.  

Community led housing, including cohousing,  are some of those options which people thinking ahead can consider.  Learning  more about these and other ideas helps start the conversation about where and how we might want to live as we get older.

Ryebank Fields

The recent consultation by Manchester City Council on a planning framework for three potential housing sites has challenged many of us who care about the future of Chorlton as a great place to live.

The initial idea of building “executive homes” on Ryebank Fields owned by Manchester Metropolitan University has been the touchpoint that has surfaced significant concerns in the community.  There have so far been two main responses, both valid from their differing perspectives.  One is that we should initially explore options that meet housing and community needs and aspirations which align, as far as possible, with Manchester’s wider social and environmental objectives.   The other is that we should fight to stop this valuable green space in our city being built on.

This newly formed Chorlton Community Led Housing group supports the first approach and take some heart from the recently approved Council report which states that: “any planning application process should be informed by a meaningful participatory approach involving local resident groups.”

The group supports the principles outline on this website and encourages others to join with us to help develop and shape ideas for discussion with the Council and Manchester Metropolitan University.