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The concept of Lifetime Homes was developed in the early 1990s by a group of housing experts. Lifetime Homes are ordinary homes incorporating 16 Design Criteria that can be universally applied to new homes at minimal cost.

Many local planning policies already require the Lifetime Homes standard in new developments. For example, the London Plan. It is an existing requirement in Wales and Northern Ireland for new publicly funded homes to comply with the Lifetime Homes Standard.

The Foundation for Lifetime Homes and Neighbourhoods consists of Age UK, TCPA, and Habinteg. We continue to promote the Lifetime Homes Standard and provide resources to other organisations seeking to implement the standard whether through direct property development or through the formulation of policy and practice.

The administration and technical support on Lifetime Homes is provided by Habinteg, who took on this responsibility for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. We encourage other individual and organisations to work with us to promote Lifetime Homes by subscribing to our newsletter and joining our supporter network.

We hope you find the site informative and useful, and welcome feedback.