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Active ageing

Written by Liz Cairncross, Head of Research at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University, Housing LIN Active Ageing and the Built Environment Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The Briefing it looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built

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Number crunching retirement housing

Frank Knight Residential Research Retirement Housing: housing for an aging population Publication date: 2016 with separate October 2016 update Ranking: useful This policy paper describes key facts and figures behind the need for housing an aging population from basic information

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Comprehensive guide to retirement living

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. Sponsored by Churchill Retirement Living, supported by Housing LIN. Comprehensive guide to retirement living Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful This guide reviews the changing needs and expectations of this development market,

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An environment for all ages

Kt-equal A built environment for all ages Publication date: March 2010 Ranking: useful Notes of a workshop held in 2010 looking at evidence that well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance long term health and well-being for people who use them regularly.

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Library of the future

Michaela Cavanagh, CityLab, The Atlantic. A library of the future arrives in Denmark Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: useful Described as less of place for books and more a space for people the article highlights how a key issue in

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Creating age-friendly cities

Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Creating age-friendly cities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This POSTnote from the  examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. As the number of older people living

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Loneliness, health and housing design

DEMOS and McCarthy and Stone By Claudia Wood and Jo Salter of DEMOS Building Companionship: how better design can combat loneliness in later life Publication date: April 2016 Ranking: useful This report “… explores why it might be that older people

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Even more HAPPI

Richard Best and Jeremy Porteus Housing LIN. Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency All party parliamentary group on housing and care for older people. HAPPI 3 Housing our aging population: Positive ideas Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This third report

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HAPPI 2 – a plan for implementation

Richard Best and Jeremy Porteus Housing LIN Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency HAPPI 2 Housing our aging population: Plan for implementation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The report, Plan for Implementation, sets out key actions

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Accessible communities

Housing LIN Design Hub – Building homes and communities  Publication date: various dates Ranking: useful This is part of the website of Housing LIN where they offer guidance and examples of effective design principles and practice in mainstream and specialist

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Crossings and pedestrian walking speeds

Transport Research Laboratory Report prepared by M cRabtree, C Lodge and P Emmerson. A Review of Pedestrian Walking Speeds and Time Needed to Cross the Road Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Living Streets commissioned Transport Research Laboratory to bring together

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Boomerang generation

Housing LIN Bricks, Mortar and Policy Perspectives for Intergenerational Living (Viewpoint 74) Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The Boomerang Generation, (younger people who return to live with parents), is bringing into sharp focus the way in which our houses are designed

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Top of the ladder

DEMOS, Claudia Wood. Top of the ladder Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful “This report brings together the evidence regarding the UK’s ‘next housing crisis’ – the chronic under supply of appropriate housing for older people. While all eyes are on those struggling to

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Every building matters

CABE/Design Council | Department of Education SureStart Every Building Matters Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful A visual guide to designing Sure Start Children’s Centres and other years facilities and spaces. This guide offers design advice that will be useful for

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An alternative age-friendly handbook

Sophie Handler; UK Urban Ageing Consortium | Age Uk | Royal Institute of British Architects | Age-friendly Manchester | Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing. An alternative age-friendly handbook Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This handbook provides practitioners with a series

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Case study 4: Deck access, balconies and bungalows

Housing LIN Deck access, balconies and bungalows: new trends in HAPPI award winning buildings, by David Birbeck  Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice. All the case studies can be found in

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More Lifetime Homes

Housing LIN Case studies on accessible housing design.  Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The link here is to the Housing LIN’s case studies on accessible design, together with details of housing design standards produced by Habinteg and the Centre for

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Housing design guidance

Housing design guidance inclusive design resource Housing LIN Publication date: various Rank: useful This website resource offers useful publications on different aspects of inclusive design that may assist in the design, development and commissioning of housing. They include research around neighbourhood

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The design of streets with older people in mind: 13 part toolkit

I’DGO Publication date: 2007 and 2012 Ranking: useful The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind is a 13 part toolkit; each part addressing a different environmental feature of streets and neighbourhoods. It is based on research undertaken by

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Landscape Design for Dementia Care

Housing LIN Publication date: July 2013 Ranking: useful This Factsheet is intended to be used as a tool to further debate on the subject of design for dementia care in the specialist housing sector. The principles of landscape design for

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Future perfect, designer labels for an ageing society

Housing LIN Publication date: December 2013 Ranking: useful The Housing LIN has published a selection of resources that consider in detail the built environment and the physical design criteria that can meet the housing needs and lifestyle choices of older

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Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO)

I’DGO project Publication date: various Ranking: useful This is a link to the valuable website resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a part of a project that was established in 2003. I’DGO has a longstanding record

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Older People: New Kids on the Block

Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Useful The report’s author emphasises that despite good intentions, little housing for older people is being planned or built and a clear starting point must be a much better understanding of older people’s housing needs. The

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Planning and access for disabled people: a good practice guide

Dept. of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful The primary objective of this guide is to ensure the planning system in England successfully and consistently delivers inclusive environments as an integral part of the development process.

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You’re Welcome – self assessment tollkit

NHS Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful A self-assessment tool originally for NHS services to see what to do to be “young people friendly” and more appropriate to the needs of young people, as detailed in the NHS quality criteria. The toolkit

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NDA 4 – Older people’s use of unfamiliar space (OPUS)

New dynamics of ageing, (NDA) a cross council research programme published by University of Sheffield Judith Phillips et al, Swansea University Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful Older people are increasingly experiencing environments that can be unfamiliar to them. The research

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Homes for our old age – Independent living by design

Design Council, based on research commissioned by the Department of Health, conducted by the Women’s Design Service and the University of the West of England. Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful The report will be of interest to those who commission,

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Don’t stop me now

Audit Commission Don’t stop me now – Preparing for an aging population. Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful Report looks at people aged between 50-65 and makes recommendations as to how public services need to adapt to meet this group of people

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Manual for Streets

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 and 2010 Ranking: essential Guidance for practitioners involved in the planning, provision and approval of new residential streets and modifications to existing ones. Its companion publication “Manual for Streets 2” addresses the wider urban area.

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Posted in Disability, Highways, Religion & Belief

Ethnicity and child poverty

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions Research Report 576 Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful This report uses a multiplicity of approaches and sources to build up as detailed

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No particular place to go

Groundwork Trust – London Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful A step by step guide to consulting young people about transforming open space. Includes a toolkit offering guidance for residents. teachers, youth workers or parks staff. How to view a copy

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Residential neighbourhoods

Womens Design Service (WDS) Broadsheet No.15 Publication date: 1994 Ranking: useful Note describing how local neighbourhoods can be more effectively represented through community consultation about planning issues. How to view a copy Please contact the North Somerset Council Access Officer. How

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Lifetime Homes design guide

Habinteg/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The concept of Lifetime Homes was developed in the early 1990s by a group of housing experts, including Habinteg Housing Association and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The group was formed because of

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HAPPI Housing our ageing population: Panel for innovation

Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful Report describes Panel’s findings on question: “What further reform is needed to ensure that new build specialised housing meets the needs and aspirations of

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Planning for an ageing population

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Publication date: July 2004 Ranking: useful This report attempts to assess the implications of the ageing population in the field of town planning, especially the statutory land use planning system in the UK. It is

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