Gavin Barwell spent much of the weekend on  television discussing the Housing White Paper, which is now expected on Tuesday this week.

One of the more surprising reveals (from an interview on ITV with Robert Peston) was an indication that the government plans to use the White Paper to boost specialist housing for retirees looking to down-size, as well as more traditional models of sheltered housing.

Whilst there is definitely a need for specialist properties for those looking to downsize, but retain their overall standard of living, the government has historically been rather slow to recognise that the sector may be in need of policy support. 

Whilst there are policies in the NPPF which promote planning for all sectors of society, very few local planning authorities have focussed on the need for suitable homes for the elderly in their local plans. 

The timing of this announcement, only a few days after the RTPI published its guidance note on Dementia and Town Planning, gives some cause for optimism. Primarily as it suggests that the Government might, finally, get on board with  Retirement Housing.

Assuming that the White Paper actually appears tomorrow, you can expect more commentary from IM during the course of the week.