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Will the planning proposals deliver more and better affordable homes?

How can planning deliver more homes for Scotland?

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Blog by David Stewart, SFHA Policy Lead

With the Scottish Government setting a target to build 50,000 affordable homes (35,000 for social rent) over the next five years, an effective, enabling planning solution will have a key role to play in delivering those homes and ensuring that they are good quality and in the right places.

Taking place in Glasgow on 7 February, the SFHA Development Conference will explore some of the key proposals in the Scottish Government White Paper, Places, People and Planning, and explore whether or not they will deliver more, and better, affordable homes. Topics which the event will address include:

  • infrastructure first approach to development;
  • simplified planning zones for housing to deliver more homes where they are needed and prevent delays;
  • plans to strengthen local plans and to extend the plan period to 10 years; and
  • aligning community planning to spatial planning

The Development Conference will hear from Petra Biberbach, one of the three members of the Planning Review Panel which preceded the White Paper, and from Ian Gilzean of the Scottish Government.

The conference is being held at Doubletree by Hilton, Glasgow Central and is the conference for the developers of affordable housing. Delegates will hear from the Scottish Government on the ambition of their targets to increase housing supply and on the work it is doing to fund infrastructure, increase access to land, and reform the planning system. There will also be sessions on funding models, off-site construction and on developing for older people. To find out more or book your place please visit www.sfha.co.uk/whats-on