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Housing Design Guidance for older persons

Name: Older People’s Housing Design Guidance

Identifier: Not Applicable

Issuing Organisation: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

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Link to standard (opens in new window):'s%20Housing%20Design%20Guidance%20(low%20res).pdf

Availability: Free to Access

Type: Guideline

Issue Year: 2015

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Assistive Technologies  Built Environment and Outdoor Spaces  Health and Wellbeing  Housing and Care Facilities 

Intended Audiences: Older People, Carers, and Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies


This guide outlines design standards and considerations required to support the needs and aspirations of older people. The guide has been developed for architects, developers and housing providers delivering homes across housing tenures including homes for private sale and a range of affordable housing tenures. By meeting the standards in the guide, new homes for older people in Kensington and Chelsea are expected to achieve excellence in quality and desirability.

The guidance also covers smart homes, telehealth, telecare and assistive technology.

This replaces the design criteria for extra care housing that was approved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2011.

However, this document does not cover residential and nursing home design which have different requirements to housing. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea encourages the development of a range of housing options for residents in the borough. The guidance to support the delivery of specialist housing options for older people from retirement housing to extra care housing.


Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: High

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: Not known


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