Ashtead Community Vision Where next for the baby boomers? They are the people who were born just after the Second World War and so called because there were plenty of them. So when were they born and just how big a boom was it? During the Second World War the birth rate dropped to below 600,000/year for a few years and afterwards it rose to 881,026 by1947. To put that into perspective the population is much higher now and the 2012 birth rate was 729,674, a peak in recent years.
brought about by the modern age we live in. Many occupiers wish to move or are contemplating a future move which would release larger properties to young families but are struggling to find suitable alternative accommodation. Our surveys have demonstrated that residents really like Ashtead and do not want to move away. They have an established life and friendship networks here. Research has also shown that the accommodation needs of the over 75 year age group are generally quite different to those who are in their midsixties. The over 75 age group often seeks smaller houses with smaller gardens; some want warden assisted accommodation, and others need residential care homes. Mole Valley, and Ashtead in particular, has not enough two and three bedroom homes already and the position will worsen significantly as the population gets older. The boomers will have to move out of Ashtead or stay in unsuitable accommodation. ACV is working on its housing policy proposals for submission to the Forum. This is difficult work as we are very aware that development of any green belt site will be controversial. But Ashtead will need an increase in the number of smaller homes for an ageing population. We hope that you will support ACV and the Forum when the proposals for the Green Belt Boundary Review and for new housing are put to the community for consultation.
Ashtead Community Vision (ACV), the Neighbourhood Forumâ€™s working group, has been researching the population figures to help us determine the housing needs for the coming years. Ashtead has more baby boomers than average; generally they arrived here about thirty years ago with young children. They have brought up their children here and contributed greatly to the community. Many have moved within Ashtead and now live in largish four bedroom houses with fair sized gardens. Ashtead has proportionately more of such housing than Mole Valley or the south east. There is still a huge demand for large family homes; many are now arguably under occupied by couples and single people whose children have left home, and who are about to benefit from the ever increasing life span
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Issue 96, October 2013. Never underestimate the importance of community.