What is SEPP Seniors Living?

We don’t shy away from saying we are the Sydney SEPP Seniors living experts at Playoust Churcher. From identifying the feasibility of a block of land, to creating a bespoke boutique development, we know SEPP design like the back of our hands.

But we know others might not be as familiar as we are. So we wanted to shed some light on the SEPP, how it supports senior living, and what it can do for you – whether you’re a developer or a downsizer.

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SEPP Seniors living supports an entire demographic

SEPP Seniors living refers to the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) that governs the development of housing for seniors and individuals with disabilities in New South Wales.

SEPP Seniors Living is an important policy, developed to ensure that senior citizens can access safe and suitable housing, either independently or through residential care facilities.

The main purpose of this policy is to provide affordable, quality accommodation options for seniors who are looking to downsize or who require additional support.

The SEPP provides a framework for developers and property owners to design and construct housing that meets the specific needs of seniors.

There are several key components to this policy, including provisions for single level dwellings, accessibility requirements for mobility-impaired residents and the availability of communal facilities such as gardens, social spaces and medical services.

Village for seniors

How can architects help navigate the SEPP?

As the population of seniors continues to grow in NSW and across Australia, the need for senior housing design for this demographic is becoming increasingly important.

There are several key planning changes and rules that architects need to consider when designing a retirement village or development under the SEPP framework.

Among these changes are bonus floor space incentives to encourage senior housing developments in higher density areas, and a reduction in the landscaped area requirements.

We’ve also seen an increase from 55 years to 60 years in the minimum age for seniors’ housing eligibility.

And as many architects can attest to, SEPP seniors housing not only needs good design planning, but you also really need to understand the market you’re building for. Tailoring your designs to suit the end-user – in this case, seniors – is crucial in creating safe, affordable housing for this important demographic.

Considerations for builders and developers

Besides the policy framework provided by SEPP Senior Living, designing and constructing housing specifically for seniors has become an increasingly important consideration for architects, builders and developers in recent years.

Senior housing design seeks to create housing options that cater to the needs of seniors, and which can range from independent living units to assisted living and memory care facilities.

When designing senior housing, there are several important factors to consider.

Accessibility is of paramount importance, with features such as ramps, wider doorways, grab bars and non-slip flooring all being key design considerations. High-quality lighting and good ventilation are also crucial for creating safe and comfortable living spaces.

Senior housing design also incorporates features that promote social interaction and engagement. Communal areas such as gardens, fitness centres and social spaces provide seniors with opportunities to connect with their peers and stay active.

Finally, as seniors age, their mobility and health needs may change too, so plans must take this into account by creating an easily adaptable design.

Contact the SEPP Seniors living experts in NSW

As architects, we are driven by a passion for well-designed living options for seniors in the community. Our commitment to producing designs that meet the unique needs of our clients has established us as the SEPP Seniors living experts in NSW.

With extensive knowledge and experience in development, construction and design, we offer extensive support and guidance that consistently deliver outstanding results.

To speak to us about SEPP seniors living, contact us.

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