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Developing a housing system that meets Scotland’s needs

Blog by David Stewart, SFHA Policy Lead.

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This year’s SFHA Development Conference comes at a time when there is continuing concern about a housing crisis in Scotland.

While housing associations are working to deliver an ambitious target of 50,000 homes to in order to house people in greatest need, there remains a major problem with the number of new homes that we deliver in Scotland and the cost of housing.

A recent study, based on Office of National Statistics figures, found that by 2027, a first time buyer in Edinburgh would need a deposit of £54,000, while the figure for Glasgow would be £32,000. At the same time, an increasing number of households are living in the private rented sector, with rents rising well above inflation as demand exceeds supply.

A session at this year’s SFHA Development Conference will explore the routes of this growing problem as well as offering a range of potential solutions to address Scotland’s housing crisis.

Tony Cain, former Head of Housing at Stirling Council and Policy Manager at ALACHO, will give his view on the extent of the housing crisis and suggest ways in which we might try to reform the housing system.

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre will make a case for increasing the delivery of quality affordable homes using modern techniques, and Craig McLaren of the Royal Town Planning Institute, will look at the big opportunity that a new Planning Bill offers to reform the system and increase the delivery of new homes.

Shona Cullen of the Scottish Land Commission will look at a range of innovative measures being considered by the commission – including land value capture and compulsory sales orders – to reduce the cost of land and increase the supply of new affordable homes.   

This year’s Development Conference takes place on 6 February and is followed by the Procurement Conference on 7 February. Both conferences take place at The Studio in Glasgow. Take advantage and get two events at one great price for £375 – a saving of £63 per delegate. Alternatively, book three delegate places and receive a fourth free. For further information, or to book, visit www.sfha.co.uk/whats-on