Living in an Age-Friendly Community: Evidence from a Masterplanned Development in Southwest Sydney

Alasdair Jones, Susan Parham, Fermina Rojo-Pérez (Editor), Gloria Fernández-Mayoralas (Editor), Diego Sánchez-González (Editor), Paul B. Tchounwou (Editor)

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This paper is situated at the interface of a growing urban studies literature concerned with ‘masterplanning’ practices in urban planning and another, hitherto relatively discrete, body of research concerned with age-friendly cities and communities. The authors are interested in exploring a gap in aging in place literature around how neighbourhoods and residential settings developed with aging in place principles in mind are experienced and perceived by residents. To explore this research gap, the authors analyse qualitative (primarily interview and focus group) data collected in Park Central, a masterplanned development located in the Campbelltown suburb in the southwest region of the Sydney metropolitan area, Australia. This development was delivered in response to a need identified by the state’s land and property development agency, Landcom, for more diverse and affordable medium-density housing in Campbelltown. In particular, a need was identified for housing developments that would be able to sustainably accommodate the changing lifestyle needs of a maturing population in the region. Drawing on our thematic analysis of our data, we discern three key themes in research participants’ experiences of Park Central as a place for aging. These themes are elaborated via recourse to excerpts from our data and discussed with a view to informing how the conception, development and practice of further age-friendly communities is approached.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1312
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)
Issue number2
Early online date11 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2023


  • Article
  • age-friendly communities
  • built environment
  • urban planning
  • masterplanning
  • aging in place
  • qualitative research
  • residential environments
  • Humans
  • Focus Groups
  • Independent Living
  • Housing
  • Aging
  • Aged
  • Cities


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