Last edited 25 Dec 2018

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:

  • 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.”

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