Blogs



Shelter Scotland: Affordable housing – what is the need?

In the wake of new research launched in partnership with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and CIH Scotland which calls for 53,000 affordable homes to be built over the next five years, Shelter Scotland explains why these homes are desperately needed and building them will help kick-start Scotland's economy too.

Published 11 June 2020

Blog: Housing and modern methods of construction post COVID-19

Now is the time to consider the role of Modern Methods of Construction in the future of the construction sector, says partner Ian Atkinson and solicitor Ryan Lavers at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.

Published 10 June 2020

Craig Whelton: Scotland and the ‘tilted balance’ in planning decisions

On June 3, the Court of Session handed down a landmark judgment in the case of Gladman Developments Limited v Scottish Ministers in which it upheld the use of the ‘tilted balance’ in cases where there is a shortfall in the housing land supply. Burges Salmon’s Scottish planning and compulsory purchase team, led by partner Craig Whelton with support from associate Lynsey Reid, acted for Gladman.

Published 9 June 2020

Jon Sparkes: Let’s make this the beginning of the end of homelessness in Scotland

As the Scottish Government reconvenes its Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), its chair Jon Sparkes provides a summary of the first meeting.

Published 8 June 2020

Professor David Clapham: Houses, homes and nature

The links between houses, homes and the natural and physical world are far-reaching. In this blog, Professor David Clapham explains that the COVID-19 crisis has underlined our limited understanding of these links.

Published 5 June 2020

Ashley Campbell: How can we keep allocating homes safely during the coronavirus pandemic?

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), discusses how social landlords can allocate homes safely during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Published 4 June 2020

Dr Jenny Preece: Exploring the realities of living in a small home

Dr Jenny Preece introduces a new CaCHE research project which will consider why homes are so small in the UK and explore experiences of those who live in these kinds of properties.

Published 4 June 2020

Kelly Fraser: New model complaints handling procedure from the SPSO – what RSLs need to know

Kelly Fraser, senior associate at Harper MacLeod, highlight some of the key amendments to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman's model complaints handling procedures that registered social landlords (RSLs) should be aware of.

Published 4 June 2020

Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán: Introducing the Housing Costs Calculator to support effective COVID-19 planning

Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán from the Centre for Homelessness Impact introduces the newly developed Housing Costs Calculator which aims to help city leaders plan for the transition from emergency homelessness accommodation.

Published 2 June 2020

Daradjeet Jagpal: Time to review your DPO appointment?

A recent decision issued by the Belgian Data Protection Authority has some ramifications for RSLs who appoint a member of staff as their Data Protection Officer (DPO), says Daradjeet Jagpal.

Published 2 June 2020

Ashley Campbell: Don’t forget about dementia!

For Dementia Awareness Week which starts today, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell says everyone who works in housing has the opportunity to make a difference.

Published 1 June 2020

Dr Lisa Garnham: Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic - the central role of home

Dr Lisa Garnham from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) reflects on research around the importance of ‘home’ for mental health and how this evidence could shape our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 27 May 2020

Hazel Davies: How open-plan living became the norm

The current vogue for open-plan living has been with us for a while and shows no sign of diminishing through familiarity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the background to what has become a cornerstone in residential property design.

Published 27 May 2020

Kelly Fraser: Coronavirus, social landlords and General Meetings – proposed legislation for companies, registered societies and SCIOs

Harper Macleod’s senior associate Kelly Fraser highlights some of the key proposed provisions in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill ahead of its next reading in June.

Published 26 May 2020

Prof Ken Gibb: Housing policies and the COVID-19 pandemic

CaCHE director, Prof Ken Gibb, introduces a major 15-month multi-strand research project on UK housing policies and the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 May 2020