Homes for Scotland

Homes for Scotland reveals 2018 awards shortlist

The shortlist for Scotland’s premier home building industry awards has been announced as Homes for Scotland prepares to celebrate the sector’s successes at the largest annual gathering of its kind.

Published 26 March 2018

Nicola Barclay, chief executive at Homes for Scotland

With seemingly perfect timing for International Women’s Day, Homes for Scotland chief executive Nicola Barclay recently addressed the annual dinner of the Association of Women in Property’s Central Scotland branch, which draws members from across the many different disciplines in the property industry.

Published 8 March 2018

Building industry and planners give Planning Bill evidence

Holyrood's local government and communities committee will continue to examine the Planning (Scotland) Bill today as it hears evidence from organisations from the country’s builders and planners.

Published 7 March 2018

First-time buyer levels at ten year high in Scotland

Homes for Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to extend the Help to Buy scheme to capitalise on new figures which revealed that the number of first-time buyers in Scotland is at the highest level for a decade.

Published 22 February 2018

Planning Bill provides ‘crucial chance’ to ease housing crisis

As Scotland continues to wrestle with how to solve its housing crisis, Homes for Scotland has outlined its thinking on the proposals in the Planning Bill currently being scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 5 February 2018

Developers prevented from building new homes due to lack of capital school funding

Much-needed new homes are being held up in the planning system because local authorities are increasing the expectations on developers to deliver infrastructure solutions such as new local schools, according to Homes for Scotland.

Published 20 December 2017

Operational delivery ‘key to return on investment’ for Build to Rent in Scotland

Investors into Scotland’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector have been urged to ensure that schemes have operational management factored in from the earliest stages of development.

Published 11 December 2017

Help to Buy disproportionately helping larger housebuilders, analysis reveals

Critics of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme have called for the policy to be scrapped after an investigation revealed just three high volume housebuilders have received around £189 million in subsidised mortgages between them.

Published 5 December 2017

Builders vow to ensure Scots not left behind following Budget for housing

With the Chancellor yesterday announcing a raft of measures aimed at significantly increasing levels of home building and “reviving the British dream of home ownership”, Scotland’s home building industry vowed to continue to hold the Scottish Government to account to ensure those living north of the border were not left behind.

Published 23 November 2017

Housebuilders look to sustain growth at annual Fife forum

Lochgelly, last year’s winner of Scotland’s Most Improved Town, was the venue of the 11th Fife House Builders Forum this week.

Published 15 November 2017

Homes for Scotland boss heads builders’ housing rallying cry

Senior representatives from the home building industry, registered social landlords, local authorities and other housing stakeholder groups totalling 200 people met in Edinburgh last week to reflect on the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Government’s ‘Firm Foundations’ discussion document and to consider what can be done to address Scotland’s housing crisis.

Published 6 November 2017

Letter to the Editor: Homes for Scotland clears up ‘anti social housing’ claims

Further to an interview in The Sunday Times in which I emphasised that solving Scotland’s housing crisis required a whole-system all-tenure approach, it appears that some people may have misinterpreted my remarks (indeed some misrepresenting them completely), framing them as being “anti social housing”.

Published 25 October 2017

Homes for Scotland’s anti-social housebuilding agenda ‘out of touch with reality’

Homes for Scotland’s view that a focus on affordable and social housing is exacerbating Scotland’s housing crisis and fails to grasp the commercial realities of development is “out of touch with reality” and must be “rejected outright” by the Scottish Government, according to a think-tank.

Published 24 October 2017

Social housing focus ‘will not solve Scotland’s housing crisis’

The Scottish Government’s “political focus” on affordable and social housing is exacerbating Scotland’s housing crisis and fails to grasp the commercial realities of development, according to Scotland’s house builders.

Published 23 October 2017

New income guarantee scheme launched to boost PRS investment

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced the launch of the UK’s first Rental Income Guarantee Scheme (RIGS) to support investment in private rented housing.

Published 12 October 2017