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The rural housing questionCommunity and planning in Britain's countrysides$
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Madhu Satsangi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423856

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.001.0001

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Retirement and ageing

Retirement and ageing

(p.69) Seven Retirement and ageing
The rural housing question

Madhu Satsangi

Nick Gallent

Mark Bevan

Policy Press

An ageing society posits challenges and opportunities for Britain's countrysides. In the rural areas, the rate of ageing is faster than in towns and cities. Although urban centres are believed to eventually catch up, there is pressure to respond more rapidly in the countryside in terms of how services may be configured in the future to meet this trend. As discussed in the previous chapter, migration is a key driver in the change in the social composition of rural areas. However, the development of an ageing population in these locations is not just due to the migration decisions made during the retirement, but also those made earlier in people's lives. Furthermore, the implications for demographic changes in rural localities are also affected by the decisions of younger groups. In focusing upon the rural dimension of an ageing society, it is necessary to consider the migration decisions that people make across the life course in terms of shaping the specific demographic profiles that are emerging in rural localities across Britain, and which are predicted to develop in the future. This chapter focuses on the nature of migration decisions of older people as part of the overall demand for housing in rural areas. It also accesses the wider implications of an ageing society for rural localities in the context of housing and planning policy.

Keywords:   ageing, rural areas, migration, older people, housing policy, planning policy

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