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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:
- "Resident empowerment: Resident-led activities to plan/deliver/evaluate features of lifetime neighbourhoods. Actions by community/voluntary/public/private sectors that empower residents to bring about the development and maintenance of features of lifetime neighbourhoods.
- Access: Enable residents to get out and about in the areas in which they live – both physically and virtually – and connect with other people and services in the immediate neighbourhood and beyond.
- Services and amenities: Neighbourhoods with a mix of residential, retail and employment uses. Affordable access to a range of services such as health, post offices, banking facilities or cash machines.
- Built and natural environments: Built environments that promote safe, inclusive access to key services and facilities. Outdoor spaces and buildings that promote social contact. Locally accessible greenspace, and affordable access to natural environments.
- Social networks / wellbeing: informal/formal opportunities and activities (social, learning/training, volunteering), where people feel safe and confident and which respect and reflect the needs of different ages, cultures and ethnicities.
- Housing: A range of affordable housing choices based on inclusive design principles in order to meet the occupants’ needs across the lifecourse – space/layout within homes designed to meet changing needs."
- An environment that is accessible and inclusive, aesthetically pleasing and safe (in terms of both traffic and crime).
- A community that offers plenty of services, facilities and open space.
- A strong social and civic fabric, including volunteering and informal networks.
- A culture of consultation and user empowerment amongst decision makers.
- A strong local identity and sense of place.”
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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- Community group.
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