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SFHA Development Conference: Speaker interview with Deborah McLean

Ahead of our Development Conference, taking place on 15 March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, we asked our speakers about what they'll be discussing during their session and what they think housing will look like by 2040. Deborah McLean, Scottish Borders Council shared her thoughts with us. 


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What are you discussing at the conference and why is this an important issue?

The importance of design and placemaking within the social housing sector which can be pivotal in transforming places and the well-being of residents whilst contributing to green infrastructure and the low carbon economy.

What does Scotland's social housing sector need to be able to achieve the Scottish Government's target of 110,000 affordable homes by 2032?

Many things! Collaborative working, best practice examples and joined up thinking on a number in a number of areas- housing, planning, sustainability, infrastructure provision and community input.

What do you think our homes will look like by 2040?

Hopefully, innovative, using creative solutions, contributing to net zero, contextual and have the ability to meet a number of needs and respond well to the site and surrounding context. A number of different housing types and delivery models should be available for each different scenario.

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