Thames Coromandel District Council incentivises Universal Design in Housing

Housing lasts a long time and the long-term planning process requires a council to deliver a strategic understanding between the characteristics of the housing stock and community requirements.

In 2016 Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) reviewed its population profile and made a decision to incentivise new dwellings that contained Universal Design (UD) features, in doing so, they proactively addressed their issue of a significantly higher aged population.
The incentive allowed a slight increase in site coverage in exchange for an independent Universal Design certification of the new dwelling

The housing stock in the region consists of low rise detached dwellings and semi-detached dwellings on individual titles. There was a mix of private, rental, and holiday accommodation and TCDC wanted the development of new accommodation to meet the needs of the widest possible range of people.
The private market provides housing solutions to match supply and demand. However, the role of the Council is to assess the long-term community trends and address the strategic issues.

This long-term approach delivers a closer alignment between the type of housing provided and the UD housing preferences that will be needed both now and in the future.

Recent Homes that have been assessed by Lifemark® under this incentive include:

Max and Tricia’s Lifemark® 4-Star home

A DataPlan provisionally rated home and many more…

Read more here on this housing  incentive –  Lifemark TCDC Case Study

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