Homes for Scotland



First Minister asked to signal timescale for recommencement of home building amid increasing market divergence

A phased return to work would enable Scotland’s housebuilders to put the finishing touches to around 6,000 largely completed homes worth in excess of £1 billion to the economy, according to Homes for Scotland (HFS).

Published 14 May 2020

Emergency £100m loan fund for SME housebuilders

Housebuilders will be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1 million from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 11 May 2020

Homes for Scotland working on plan to ‘build our way out of’ economic downturn

Following news that the economic impact of efforts to tackle coronavirus could see Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fall by around a third, industry body Homes for Scotland has said it is working on a recovery plan to kick-start the home building sector as soon as possible.

Published 22 April 2020

Home builders encouraged by finance secretary’s comments on anticipated first sectors to return to work

Scotland’s home building industry has welcomed comments from finance secretary Kate Forbes on which sectors she anticipates being first back to work once the lockdown is ended.

Published 17 April 2020

Moves made to lessen impact of coronavirus on Scottish housing market

Efforts are under way to help prevent further disruption to the buying and selling of homes across Scotland after Registers of Scotland (RoS) temporarily closed the application record and the UK Government advised home buyers and renters to delay moving unless the new property is empty.

Published 30 March 2020

Homes for Scotland: Political leadership, resourcing and infrastructure key to Housing to 2040

Political leadership, adequate resourcing and delivery of supporting infrastructure are all essential if Scotland is to have the volume and range of quality homes it requires to meet the diverse needs of its population in 20 years’ time, according to Homes for Scotland (HFS).

Published 3 March 2020

Nicola Barclay: Marking 20 years of Homes for Scotland

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of trade body Homes for Scotland, chief executive Nicola Barclay considers the changes that have (or more significantly haven’t) taken place on what is her own 4th year anniversary in the job.

Published 3 February 2020

HFS highlights ‘significant’ regional variations in housing starts and completions

Significant variations in housing starts and completions exist across regions and tenures in Scotland while major applications are still taking more than twice as long as the statutory timeframe, according to new analysis.

Published 31 January 2020

Urgent change in infrastructure approach required to deliver net zero carbon economy

The Scottish Government should put “place” at the heart of coherent, infrastructure prioritisation and planning to achieve an inclusive net zero carbon economy, according to a 30-year infrastructure blueprint published today.

Published 20 January 2020

Scottish Government launches £150m First Home Fund

A new national pilot scheme which aims to help thousands of first-time buyers with the deposit for a new home has opened for applications.

Published 18 December 2019

Richard Jennings joins Homes for Scotland board

Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association managing director Richard Jennings has been appointed a director of Homes for Scotland (HFS), joining the board of the trade body with immediate effect.

Published 3 December 2019

HFS: More SME home builders required if Scottish housing growth to be sustained

With housing completions in 2018 exceeding 20,000 for the first time in a decade, Homes for Scotland (HFS) has stressed the need for more SME home builders if growth is to be continued. 

Published 26 November 2019

Homes for Scotland calls for ways to improve outlook of Scotland’s housing

Housing supply growth has varied across Scotland and a number of challenges and opportunities await the industry in coming years, according to new research from Homes for Scotland (HFS).

Published 13 November 2019

Nicola Barclay: We need to home in on ways to beat the housing crisis

Ahead of the Homes for Scotland annual conference, Nicola Barclay discusses the need for housing, the social and economic benefits of home building and the constraints facing the industry.

Published 7 November 2019

Stewart Milne Homes director appointed to Homes for Scotland board

Gary Milne, technical & design director for Stewart Milne Homes Central Scotland, has been appointed to the board of Homes for Scotland (HFS).

Published 6 November 2019