District Demand Profiles Forecast for Older People’s Accommodation

We are pleased to publish the District Demand Profiles Forecast for Older People’s Accommodation 2021-2036. It is the first produced jointly by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. It contains district level demand forecasts. These are based upon local population and existing provision data.

The demand profiles are intended to support both local authorities in their market shaping duties. The demand profiles can:

  • inform strategic planning in District Councils
  • support and business planning amongst providers in the local area
  • support planning for providers who are interested in expanding into Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Our aim is to work with District Councils and the provider market. We want to ensure that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be a place that meets the housing needs of people with care or support needs.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents will be able to make informed choices to:

  • support their independence for life
  • enable them to live in a safe, affordable, accessible, adaptable, and warm home
  • choose the location where they want to live.

We are keen to develop services which support people to remain living independently. Where this is not possible, we are keen to encourage the development of ‘housing with care’ solutions.

We recognise the part which traditional care homes will play. We also want to explore alternative housing options which may offer people better outcomes.

Both local authorities see the development of a mixed care market, with different delivery models, as offering maximum choice to people when making decisions about their current and future care needs. This will include specialist housing options as well as age-friendly housing within the mainstream market.

Over the next year, we will develop our commissioning strategy for accommodation with care and support for adults with ongoing care and support needs 2023-2028. This will encompass provision for older people and adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and complex mental health issues.

We will also publish a second demand forecast focused on specialist housing for adults with learning disabilities physical disabilities and mental health issues. We will also hold a series of market engagement events to share our vision, explore collaboration opportunities and shape our commissioning intentions. 

We would like to involve as many people as possible in this work. If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact:

Alison Bourne, Commissioning Manager

Email: alison.bourne@cambridgeshire.gov.uk