There is a growing body of literature suggesting that access outdoors and use of public spaces in the local neighbourhood plays an important role for older people in maintaining their quality of life (Sugiyama et al., 2009). In the context of demographic change across Europe, it is important to know whether current policies for designing and renewing neighbourhood environments, especially where there are currently high levels of deprivation, provide appropriate support for an ageing population. Yet older people’s needs are often poorly researched in relation to urban regeneration initiatives. Residential streets represent a readily available outdoor space and a necessary route to activities outside the home and thus may be important determinant of quality of life.This longitudinal study is part of the I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors 2) research project (see www.idgo.ac.uk). It examines whether and how modifications to the residential street environment based on pedestrian-friendly, shared space approaches such as ‘Home Zones’ contribute to older people’s quality of life. The study was carried out in eight locations across the UK where shared space street projects were planned. Older residents were interviewed in two time periods – in 2008 before the environmental intervention took place and in 2010 or 2011, after the environmental changes had happened. Each experimental site was matched with a control site (where no environmental change was proposed).The data collected by interview included:a) Personal projects involving outdoor activities – what kinds of activities people prefer to undertake, where, and how they evaluate themb) Perceptions of the environment in relation to outdoor spaces around the home, local streets, and the neighbourhood in general.c) Quality of life and self-rated health, using previously validated and tested scales, including CASP 19 and EUROQOLd) Frequency of getting outdoors in summer and winter months.In addition, objective measures included accelerometer data, behaviour observations and street audits. When comparing data from 2008 and 2010, initial findings show that time spent outdoors and the number of personal projects involving outdoor activity have increased in the intervention sites by comparison with control sites. However, quality of life and frequency of going outdoors (especially in winter) has decreased for participants in intervention sites by comparison with control. The presentation will discuss these findings in the context of further analyses and explore the potential reasons behind the findings. The presentation will also identify the challenges and limitations of a study such as this, where the context of deprivation and the age of participants meant retention of study recruits was particularly difficult. Nonetheless, these findings may help inform the design of streets spaces in the UK and Europe by showing which aspects make a different to older people’s everyday life.