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Social Housing and Green Infrastructure Fund project: Maryhill Housing Association

Countdown to Development Conference: 12 days to go 

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This year’s SFHA Development Conference will hear from three projects that received funding through the Social Housing and Green Infrastructure Fund in early 2019. One of the organisations to receive funding was Maryhill Housing Association. Ahead of the conference, SFHA Events Assistant Mollie Stephen spoke to Alistair McArthur, from Maryhill Housing Association, about why his organisation was interested in the green infrastructure. 

Why were you interested in the green infrastructure project?

We were undertaking a master planning exercise on one of Glasgow’s TRAs (transformation regeneration areas) at North Maryhill in conjunction with Glasgow City Council. We were focused on ensuring that green infrastructure is at the centre of the masterplan.

The funding has allowed us to develop our green infrastructure and SUDS water features and to consider lifecycle costing.  

What have been the benefits?

The funding has allowed us to develop our masterplan and to integrate the SUDS within the green infrastructure.

How does green infrastructure fit with the future direction of development?  

By carrying out this additional work, we are able to consider our next stage and to develop a phasing and funding proposal.

The Development Conference will be opened by Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart, MSP. 

Sessions include:

  • How do we increase off-site housing construction in Scotland? 
  • Social housing and green infrastructure 
  • Delivering high quality, affordable homes with minimal carbon emissions 
  • Create better greenspaces for nature and residents...and save money 
  • Housing Futures – a new innovation programme from SFHA, National Federation of Housing in England, Community Housing Cymru in Wales and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations.

The Development Conference takes place on 17 March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and is followed by the Procurement Conference on 18 March. 

Delegate fees starts at £229 for SFHA members (£319 for non-members), which includes attendance, lunch and all refreshments. If you book to attend both days, the cost is £395 – a saving of £63, and you can send a different delegate each day. 

Book your place via the what’s on section of the SFHA website or contact the SFHA Events Team at events@sfha.co.uk  

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