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ARCO welcomes call for planning guidance

May 8, 2019

A recommendation to boost the creation of retirement communities has been welcomed by Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO).

A report from the parliamentary select committee on inter-generational fairness has called for planning guidance to help boost retirement communities and ARCO executive director Michael Voges said all generations stood to benefit from the select committee’s recommendations.

“The select committee has done an outstanding job in identifying many of the key issues underlying inter-generational fairness in the UK,” said Mr Voges.

“It is clear that from a housing perspective it is not a zero-sum game. The best way to free-up larger houses for younger generations is to provide specialist housing with care for older people.

“The planning guidance they are calling for is long overdue. Retirement Communities have care services onsite and should, as the report acknowledges, be treated in a similar way to other care providers – this will help to avoid confusion in the planning system and will secure additional provision in areas which might otherwise have missed out.”

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