Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)
The HAPPI principles are based on 10 key design criteria. Many are recognisable from good design generally - good light, ventilation, room to move around and good storage - but they have particular relevance to the spectrum of older persons' housing which needs to both offer an attractive alternative to the family home, and be able to adapt over time to meet changing needs.
The 2009 report by the Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation contains case studies with details of design features and provide some information about how the schemes are integrated with the wider community. View the HAPPI report to find out recommendations made by the authors to design housing for older people.
In 2012, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People held an inquiry to consider progress towards the adoption of the recommendations and the design criteria set out in HAPPI. Their report discovered what more could be done to scale up the provision of new forms of housing to accommodate the demand of an ageing UK population. To emphasise the focus on delivery, the APPG has called this report, Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation - HAPPI.
In 2015, a new APPG Housing and Care for Older People Inquiry - 'Making Retirement Living A Positive Choice' - appointed an expert panel and held 4 inquiry sessions with industry leaders to ascertain best and innovative practice, exploring different service options and advocating for improvement in standards and practice in the management of retirement properties. View HAPPI3 to find out more about the terms of reference.
In June 2016, the APPG launched its resultant findings in 'Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas' (or HAPPI 3). The report contains recommendations for providing greater choice and control in housing for older people and ways in which Government policy and actions by house builders and other stakeholders can make a difference.
In April 2018, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People published its inquiry findings into 'Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence' (or HAPPI 4). It warns that growing numbers of older people in rural areas will face a 'huge challenge to their independence and well-being' as their homes become unsuitable. By 2039, nearly half of rural households will be aged over 65, while the gap between the average age in rural and urban areas continues to widen.
HAPPI 4 states policy makers must "recognise the growing housing needs of older people in the countryside". Amongst a series of recommendations, the Inquiry calls for the creation of extra care housing 'hubs' in rural areas to bring services for an ageing population together into a single space, while recommending that every Local Plan contains specific sites for new housing of older people, including much needed housing solutions developed by rural landowners, local councils, housing associations, community land trusts and/or almshouses.