Develop with us

Housing 21 is a leading, not for profit provider of Extra Care and Retirement Living for older people of modest means.

We operate in 240 local authority areas, managing over 23,300 properties and providing over 48,000 hours of social care each week.

We are committed to building up to 400 properties a year and acquiring up to 200 new properties and are always on the lookout for partners to work with to achieve this target.

If you know of any land opportunities within your area or want to explore how we could work together, please get in touch by completing the 'contact us' form to the right-hand side.


Why work with us?

As a registered provider, we are one of the largest developers of specialist housing for older people and the largest provider of Extra Care housing in England.

As a charitable, not for profit provider led by our social purpose we are driven by providing high quality and affordable housing and care for those who need it most. Any profit we make goes into developing our properties and services and not into the pockets of shareholders.   

We are also proud to be a dementia-friendly organisation and work hard to embed dementia-friendly design and services throughout the organisation to help support those residents living with dementia. 

You can find out more about us and our strategic direction in the About Us and Investors sections of this site. 

So, what are we looking for? Take a look below for an overview, or download our new  “Developing Together” brochure to find out more. 

  • Development Brief

    Our ideal specification is outlined below but if you have something that sits outside this scope, we’d still welcome a discussion. We’re particularly keen to welcome discussions on Modern Methods of Construction, low carbon builds and innovation through procurement that will improve the speed of construction, value and quality of the end product 

    Extra Care

    Typically our Extra Care sites are around 1.5 - 2.5 acres to support the development of around 60 - 90 apartments.

    Our preference is for a serviced roadside site with all utilities. Ideally, they will be within an established community and near to local facilities including shops, GP surgeries, other primary care facilities and public transport for both residents and potential staff.

    We aim to make all our new developments dementia-friendly environments incorporating the “Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation” (HAPPI) principles wherever possible.

    Retirement Living

    Our Retirement Living brief requires slightly less land than Extra Care at around 0.75 - 2 acres in order to develop around 40 - 70 properties in a scheme.

    They are designed for independent living, to be safe and secure, located close to local shops and essential amenities, with good transport links. Again, our preference is for a serviced roadside site with all utilities. Internally, there needs to be informal seating areas for resident socialising opportunities, manager facilities and a secure buggy store. 

  • Structure of development deals

    We are flexible in our approach to how the legal structure of a property deal can be delivered. We have experience in working together on package deals, turnkey development, a land and build approach, traditional local authority procurement competitions and off-market approaches to landowner.

  • Planning status and conditions

    We believe our Extra Care schemes should be developed in line with the C3 use class definition of development (dwelling house) rather than C2 (residential home). However, we can work with C2 use where required. As a registered provider we are Community Infrastructure Levy exempt and need to build the process for claiming that exemption into our timelines for delivery. Given that our product is, in the main, an all-affordable product, we would look to discuss how we can mitigate against the majority of S106 requirements that would be imposed on a developer and look to agree early our position on nomination rights with each local authority directly.

  • Schemes on Site

    Here are just a selection of our schemes currently under development. Click on the links to find out more about each one:

Meet the Team

We have a dedicated Property Development Manager covering each area of the country, ready to discuss potential opportunities for working together with you.

Download our area maps to find out who your local expert is – they would love to hear from you.

Download our Property Development Manager Map

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