This webinar will look at the ‘then and now’ of the planning use class treatment of residential accommodation with care. Panellists will also discuss how planning obligations and planning policy have and are evolving to respond to this particular type of residential development.

It wasn’t too long ago that later living or housing for older persons was widely regarded as consisting of a nursing home or some form of sheltered accommodation. But we’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time with the UK now having a well-established development market providing self-contained dwellings for older persons within a community setting and accompanied by flexible care packages. 


  • briefly examine the history of Classes C2 and C3 
  • explore the use class distinctions in relation to different types of later living accommodation
  • summarise the key findings of case law and appeal decisions on the distinction between classes C2 and C3
  • provide a Good Practice Guide on successfully demonstrating a proposal is a C2 use"

Later living - Planning obligations, affordable housing and planning policy:

  • How the ‘care’ element is typically secured via use of planning obligations
  • The latest on later living and the provision of affordable housing following the judgment in Rectory Homes Ltd v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government [2020]
  • How is planning policy adapting to this type of development and top tips for developers in influencing a favourable policy landscape.

Event date

11:00 - 12:00 BST

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