City event puts homes for retirees in spotlight
BUILDERS and housing providers are being invited to attend Bristol City Council's first event to highlight opportunities for retirement housing and other community-based facilities for older people.
It is predicted that there will be an additional 21,600 older people in the city by 2035, a 39 per cent increase, and The Retirement Living event, on Wednesday, February 27, is a step towards meeting their needs.
One potential site has already been identified for around 200 homes with facilities such as restaurants, spaces for leisure activities and retail that will be announced at the event. Other sites could be in the centre of the city where there is currently no serviced housing for older people.
Based on the predicted increase in numbers of older people and the choices they make in retirement, there is a future need for more than 400 more flats or houses for ownership and around 200 for renting.
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Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson said: "This event is the first step to ensuring we have a strong supply of quality retirement housing in the city that meets people's wish to live independently for as long as possible in their own neighbourhoods.
"The door is open in Bristol to developers and providers of retirement housing to come up with imaginative solutions that fit with our vision for vibrant communities.
"In return, the city council can assist with making council land available, provide support for funding bids and assist with planning applications."
The council's Director for Adult Social Care and Health, Alison Comley, added:
"This event is the first step to ensuring that we have more of the right type of housing, in the right place, available at the right time to help older people enjoy the benefits of city living."
For more about the event and to register for attendance, email email@example.com, or call 0117 3525131.