Do we need more bungalows?


Whilst the construction industry is seeing a welcome resurgence, you’d be hard pushed to find a development of new bungalows – only 1,700 were given permission last year. Is this a problem? Yes, according to some.

Proposed new national planning guidance, currently in ‘beta’ form, is promising to streamline the current planning system and could change the face of our local communities. With our elderly population rapidly swelling in numbers, part of the new guidance calls on local councils to build more bungalows for older people.

However, the proposals have not gone down well with everyone. Churchill Retirement Living has condemned the plan as madness, claiming that bungalows waste land and eat up the Green Belt. Spencer McCarthy, chairman and managing director of the company, also claims that it is virtually impossible to build bungalows near town centres, which means ‘old people are often abandoned in remote and inaccessible locations’, removed from their family and friends.

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