Last edited 05 Jan 2021

Lifetime neighbourhoods

Lifetime neighbourhoods are “...places designed to be inclusive regardless of age or disability.” Ref DCLG.

In December 2011, The Department for Communities and Local Government published ‘Lifetime Neighbourhoods’, written by Mark Bevan and Karen Croucher.

The report states, “As we grow older we are more likely to spend more time at home, and where we live is an important determinant of our well-being. However, it is increasingly recognised that it is not just our homes, but also the neighbourhoods where we live that have a significant role in keeping us well and independent as we grow older.”

It suggests that the key components of a lifetime neighbourhood are:

Lifetime Homes, suggest that a lifetime neighbourhood is “…one in which civic and social processes together with physical conditions achieve the following outcomes:

The London Plan, Published by the Mayor of London in March 2016, suggests that a lifetime neighbourhood is: ‘…designed to be welcoming, accessible and inviting for everyone, regardless of age, health or disability, is sustainable in terms of climate change, transport services, housing, public services, civic space and amenities making it possible for people to enjoy a fulfilling life and take part in the economic, civic and social life of the community. This can be achieved by extending the inclusive design principles embedded in the Lifetime Home standards to the neighbourhood level.’

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