An increasing number of proton therapy facilities are being planned and built at hospital based centers. Most facilities are employing traditional dose delivery methods. A second generation of dose application techniques, based on pencil beam scanning, is slowly being introduced into the commercially available proton therapy systems. New developments in accelerator physics are needed to accommodate and fully exploit these new techniques. At the same time new developments such as the development of small cyclotrons, Dielectric Wall Accelerator (DWA) and laser driven systems, aim for smaller, single room treatment units. In general the benefits of proton therapy could be exploited optimally when achieving a higher level in accuracy, beam energy, beam intensity, safety and system reliability. In this review an overview of the current developments will be given followed by a discussion of upcoming new technologies and needs, like increase of energy, on-line MRI and proton beam splitting for independent uses of treatment rooms.