One in three babies born in the UK today will live to be 100 (ONS 2016). As more of us live longer and housing becomes increasingly unaffordable to many, poverty and homelessness in older age is increasing; impacting on health and quality of life. This makes our mission to offer a home to older people who might otherwise be homeless, so crucial.
With over 260 listed buildings on site, Whiteley Village is expensive to look after, especially for a charity of our size. Our longer-term viability is therefore underpinned by being as entrepreneurial and dedicated as our founder.
Despite the loss of our planning appeal in 2018, we are committed to increasing our provision for older people on low income, and the Trust is therefore exploring new options for developing our 225-acre estate, of which currently less than 4% has been built on.
We also plan to offer new housing options for people to purchase and for private rent, with all income reinvested back into our charity; benefiting the whole Whiteley community and helping secure its future. For more information about this, read Our Vision below.