Spatial concentration of residential homes for the elderly

planning responses and dilemmas

D. R. Phillips, J. Vincent, S. Blacksell

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The growth in numbers of very elderly people and the need for residential accommodation for a proportion of them have produced concentrations of residential homes for the elderly in areas already favoured for retirement. This paper outlines the variety of responses by planners in England to this social phenomenon and discusses the limitations inherent in planning in dealing with it. Torbay in Devon is examined as an example of a district which has experienced considerable growth in numbers of homes for the elderly and where planners have attempted to introduce local policies to regulate it. The paper concludes with an assessment of the effectiveness of planning and the need for stronger national guidelines in the development of this key area of social policy. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalTransactions - Institute of British Geographers
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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