Multi-disciplinary practice and Thames Tap partner West Waddy Archadia (WWA) is to sponsor web pages which share knowledge on preparing planning applications for specialist housing for older people.

WWA, which delivers architectural design and town planning for a variety of clients in both public and private sectors, has announced its continued sponsorship of Housing LIN’s Planning Homes and Communities for Older People.

WWA says the most successful specialist housing is designed, conceived and delivered in a joined-up process. The firm works with town planning colleagues to deliver on both high level strategy and technical detail in unison.

Ifti Maniar (pictured above), planning director at WWA Studios, said: “We are witnessing an increasing need for developments specifically designed to the needs of older people and people with disabilities.

“Varying and innovative models of supported living are emerging that do not always sit comfortably within existing planning use classes or planning policies which can impede the delivery of projects.

“We are proud to be supporting the Housing LIN and our clients to meet the social and healthcare needs of our nation.”

The pages cover national and local planning issues relating to specialist housing for older people ranging from small scale extra care developments to retirement villages.

WWA design director Mark Slater said: “WWA are delighted to be continuing our sponsorship of Housing LIN, particularly given our track record in the sector and our combined design and town planning knowledge which together enable us to be at the forefront of specialist housing. We are glad to support the Housing LIN which is an invaluable source of knowledge for the sector we work in.”

Jeremy Porters, chief executive for Housing LIN, said: “With the Government’s Adult Social Care Reform White Paper setting aside £300 million over three years to support local communities to better plan to deliver accommodation that meet the health and social core needs of their populations, WWA’s support will help ensure our dedicated portal continues to provide useful information or both planning strategically for and more technical aspects of specialist housing for older people.”

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