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Development Conference to launch Social Housing and Green Infrastructure projects

17 March at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

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This year’s SFHA Development Conference will see the launch of three projects that received funding from last year’s Social Housing and Green Infrastructure Fund - a partnership between SFHA, Scottish Natural Heritage, Architecture + Design Scotland and the Scottish Government. The fund was created to support place-design that maximises the benefits of green infrastructure in social housing across Scotland.   

The focus of the conference, taking place on 17 March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, is particularly relevant given the climate emergency. The projects that will be featured also align directly with the Scottish Government’s vision for housing in 2040.

The projects will be introduced by Ivan Clark, Placemaking Team Manager at Scottish Natural Heritage.

He said: “Our Social Housing and Green Infrastructure Fund provided financial support to three new projects that will provide lessons for the housing sector and lead to more opportunities for people to connect with nature close to where they live.

“Scotland’s urban green spaces provide many benefits for people and nature – from opportunities to exercise; spaces to grow food; refuges for wildlife; and valuable services, such as management flood water, and mitigating the effects of air and noise pollution. But there are still many places in Scotland, often associated with areas of disadvantage, where green infrastructure is not fulfilling its potential in terms of the number of benefits it could provide.”  

But what does this mean in practice? Come along to the Development Conference and hear about each of the three projects from the practitioners themselves, and, in the afternoon, hear about how your association can undertake similar projects – both in terms of new development and improvements to existing stock. 

The Development Conference takes place on 17 March and is directly followed by the Procurement Conference on 18 March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.  Keeping with the theme of the Development Conference, the Procurement Conference will focus on sustainable and effective procurement practice. 

The delegate fee for either the Development or Procurement Conference start at £229 for SFHA members (£319 for non-members), which includes attendance, lunch and all refreshments.    

When you book to attend both the Development Conference and Procurement Conferences, the cost is just £395 – a saving of £63.     

If you book three places, you can bring a colleague for free.    

For more information or to book your place at the conference please visit the what’s on section of the SFHA website

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