Homes for Scotland

New initiative helps young people ‘Get into Home Building’

Twenty-five young people have successfully completed a six week Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Home Building’ programme, which helps unemployed young people gain practical skills and experience in the home building industry.

Published 2 October 2015

Report identifies generational shift in housing aspirations

A new report commissioned by the Scottish Government has highlighted an emerging gap between the housing aspirations of younger and older households.

Published 28 September 2015

England’s million new homes target ‘brings Scottish housing crisis into focus’

Homes for Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to show similar housebuilding ambitions as England after housing minister Brandon Lewis announced that the UK government wants to see a million homes built south of the border by 2020.

Published 22 September 2015

Panel revealed for independent planning review

The members of an independent panel set up to carry out a “game-changing review” of Scotland’s planning system have been announced by social justice secretary Alex Neil.

Published 18 September 2015

Knowledge and resource gaps ‘must be addressed’ for off-site construction to go mainstream

Many new homes of the future could be built in factories and delivered to site ready to be assembled if clarity and more detailed understanding on total costings confirm that the approach is competitive, a new report has concluded.

Published 16 September 2015

Sector calls for Scottish Government to increase affordable homes target

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has called for Scotland’s affordable housing target to be increased in order to meet housing need across the country.

Published 9 September 2015

Home ownership drop ‘result of private home building decline’

A six per cent fall in home ownership levels between 2009 and 2014 is largely the result of the dramatic decline in private home building and ongoing issues surrounding large mortgage deposits, according to a homebuilder’s trade body.

Published 27 August 2015

Survey highlights need for collaboration to tackle housing shortage

Delays to planning consent are the most significant barrier to building new homes, according to a survey of the housebuilding sector conducted by law firm Brodies LLP.

Published 26 June 2015

Builders welcome spotlight on the importance of housing

Homes for Scotland has welcomed the publication of a major report which called for a radical look at the future direction of housing policy in Scotland.

Published 11 June 2015

Scottish Government ‘on track’ to meet 2016 affordable homes target

The Scottish Government is ahead of its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, despite a decrease in the number of social sector homes being built.

Published 3 June 2015

Homes for Scotland warns of ‘housing limbo’ as first time buyer lending falls by 23 per cent

Lending to first-time buyers in Scotland was down in both value and volume, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Published 28 May 2015

Springfield’s family values ‘key’ to industry hat trick

Family run house builder Springfield Properties has swept the board at this year’s industry Oscars and believes that its family-values is what keeps it the people’s favourite.

Published 27 May 2015

Eildon scoops national award for Peebles development

Eildon Housing Association’s new Dunwhinny Gardens development in Peebles was the latest to be recognised at a national awards ceremony winning the ‘Best Development - Medium’ category at the Homes for Scotland Awards last week.

Published 20 May 2015

Help to Buy almost fully subscribed but Small Developers scheme to continue

The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme is nearly fully subscribed due to a bumper level of sales reservations, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 20 May 2015

Help to Buy “evolution” call from new industry body chair

Former minister Jim Mather has called on the Scottish Government to maintain positive progress to support buyers, build homes and create jobs.

Published 18 May 2015