Housing for Older People Supply Recommendations (HOPSR) and Extra Care Demand Assessor (ECDA)


Housing for Older People Supply Recommendations (HOPSR) is a new tool to help local authorities understand the requirements for older people's housing in their area.

It is available to use for free here. Upon opening the file enable the macros and select one of the four options in the boxes.

HOPSR has been created by the Centre for Regional and Economic Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, in conjunction with the University of Sheffield. It is the output of research with South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, and with funding from NHS England's Healthy New Town's programme.

HOPSR uses national data from the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) about older people's housing schemes. Looking specifically at the local authorities with the highest level of current supply, the research uses this as the basis to recommend a level of supply for each local authority, accounting for local demographic, health and place trends.

The detailed research in Cambridgeshire that underpins HOPSR looked at the future need for specialist housing, alongside other interventions such as home modifications, improving the accessibility of general needs housing, enhancing information and advice about housing in later life, and integrating health and care services. The research shows that meeting future need will require a systematic approach across these service areas, in addition to the supply of appropriate housing. We therefore encourage users of HOPSR to see this as a starting point for more detailed planning in the context of local priorities.


The Extra Care Demand Assessor (ECDA) builds on the work above to provide localised assessments of demand for Extra Care housing. It helps housing professionals, planners and developers understand whether a future Extra Care scheme in a specific location is required.

Working closely with the biggest provider of Extra Care housing in the UK, Housing & Care 21, data was gathered on the distances that residents move to enter Extra Care schemes. From this information catchment areas for schemes in different types of locations could be calculated. Accounting for certain differences, such as urban/rural locations and other variables, the tool enables users to assess potential demand for a scheme in that location. It also enables users to test different scenarios relating to population change and the development of other extra care housing in the area. ECDA is just one piece of evidence that can be used in appraising future schemes, and should be combined with other local data and knowledge about housing and care markets.

The tool is available to use for free here. Upon opening the file enable the macros, enter a postcode in the box given (removing spaces) and then add the amount of housing units for the proposed scheme in this location.

The final report from the research Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036 is available here.

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