Scotland envies England’s housing plans

February 13, 2017 / Isla MacFarlane
Scotland envies England’s housing plans

Homes for Scotland says that England’s Housing White Paper has thrown Scotland’s housing crisis into the spotlight, as long-term plans to tackle the same problem south of the border were announced in Parliament by Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid.

“As Sajid Javid said, the root cause of the housing shortage is the simple fact that not enough homes have been built, and that applies equally in Scotland,” said Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of industry body Homes for Scotland.

The total number of new homes being built in Scotland each year is still 40 per cent down on pre-recession levels while the country’s population has grown to its highest ever level.

“We need to move away from thinking of housing policy in terms of election cycles and narrowly focusing on ‘affordable housing’ and instead look at the requirements for all tenures over the next 15-20 years,” said Barclay. “This is exactly the message I gave to our own Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance at a meeting earlier.

“We also need to be brave about the issues that are holding housing back, like the availability of land and the provision of infrastructure, or we will never have enough homes to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of those living in Scotland.”

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