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End Property Shortage in Scotland: Developers Call for Partnership with Councils

Emily Morley - April 24, 2019

With the aim of solving property shortage issues in Scotland, developers have called for local councils to work more closely with them.

Springfield Properties and Tulloch Homes spoke at a recent event that discussed the future of build to rent.

Springfield Properties chairman Sandy Adam had said: “There is a need for more housing, as demand in Inverness and Moray continues to outstrip supply. Springfield Properties supports the use of technology to make the planning process more transparent, which, in turn, should make it more efficient.

“However, this needs to be part of a wider, more joined up approach to delivering more homes in The Highlands and Moray. We need closer collaboration between developers and local authorities that can help unlock challenging sites, such as those close to existing services and schools.”

As is currently stands, there are around 8000 people on the Highland Housing Register for people looking to find council social housing.

In 2016 a pledge was made by the Scottish Government to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by 2021.

Tulloch Homes chief executive George Fraser said: “The vibrant Highland economy has been created by the actions of both the public and private sector – and should be celebrated. 

“Tulloch Homes looks forward to playing its part in satisfying this demand, working closely with the Highland Council’s Planning Department.

“The Scottish Government has quite correctly stated everyone should have access to high quality, energy efficient homes and if the introduction of modern technology can play its part in making the planning process more efficient then this should be embraced by all stakeholders.”

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning attended the event. He commented: “Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to this Government’s drive for a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.

“Our target of 50,000 homes in this parliamentary term is backed by more than £3 billion – the single biggest investment in, and delivery of, affordable housing since devolution.

“We have already begun consultation in our work to create a sustainable approach to housing beyond 2021. We are preparing for further engagement later in 2019, which will be another valuable opportunity for the housebuilding sector to share their views with the Scottish Government.”