As the demand for care homes continues to increase, we are seeing investors and developers return to this sector, especially now that funding for such schemes is again more widely available. As in the past with such developments, this continues to present opportunities for housing associations to develop new social housing by becoming involved with and/or 'piggybacking' onto such schemes.

Equally, with higher education establishments looking to accommodate ever greater numbers of students, the private sector is again looking to expand in this market, which is creating further social housing opportunities.