Policy & Lobbying
New Housing Supply
Scottish Land & Estates believes that a range of flexible options must be created to deliver local solutions to housing need. Scottish Land & Estates is working to increase the affordable housing supply in rural Scotland by:
  • Increasing effective land supply through planning, infrastructure and stakeholder engagement.
  • Bringing empty and redundant buildings back into use.
  • Working in partnership with public sector bodies.
  • Raising awareness of rural planning policy to facilitate affordable housing, particularly in relation to rural exception sites.
  • Providing advice and guidance on current delivery mechanisms, such as the provision of affordable self build plots with rural housing burdens attached.
  • Supporting those developing properties through the rural homes for rent grant pilot and lobbying the Scottish Government for further funding for this delivery mechanism.
  • Partnership working with other agencies to develop innovative solutions.
  • Exploring the use of legal and planning agreements to deliver affordable housing in perpetuity.



    New Housing Supply News

    • 27/08/2015 - Land Reform – Housing and Regeneration
      Scottish Land & Estates members Hugh Raven (Ardtornish) and Gail Mathieson (Highland Housing Alliance) attended a Scottish Government workshop in Inverness on Wednesday 26 August to discuss the 9 housing and regeneration recommendations contained within the Land Reform Review Group’s 2014 report.  This was the latest i

    • 07/06/2012 - Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
      The launch of the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill took place in Glasgow on 6th June 2012.  Luke Borwick and Jason Rust attended on behalf of Scottish Land & Estates.  An exploratory consultation is now underway on the proposed Bill and this closes on 29th August 2012.  While welcoming the opportunity to participate

    • 27/03/2012 - Empty homes crackdown
      A £2 million loan fund will be launched to help stop empty homes blighting Scotland’s communities, Housing Minister Keith Brown said today. The new funding was announced as the Unoccupied Properties Bill, which will allow local authorities to charge extra Co

    • 06/03/2012 - Help onto and up housing ladder
      Up to 6,000 first-time buyers and others aspiring to purchase a new build home are set to receive a boost, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil revealed today. The Scottish Government will support a three year national mortgage

    • 21/12/2011 - Building Standards
      Ministers have decided, that council staff will continue to be the only government appointed verifier for new homes and buildings in Scotland. Verifiers protect the public by independently checking building work - from design through construction to completion - to make sure new homes, offices and public buildings mee

    • 15/11/2011 - Occupancy Conditions on Rural Houses 'Rarely Appropriate'
      Restrictions on the occupancy of new housing are 'rarely appropriate' and so should generally be avoided, according to a letter from the Scottish Government's Chief Planner, Jim Mackinnon. Mr. Mackinnon has written to Council Heads of Planning to clarify the Scottish Government's views on the use of conditions or plan

    • 06/10/2011 - Investing in housing despite UK cuts
      Targeted capital investment will boost the number of affordable homes in Scotland, protect jobs and stimulate economic growth, Housing Minister Keith Brown told MSPs today. He reaffirmed a commitment to deliver 30,000 completed affordable homes, by the end of this Parliament, backed by investment of £600 million. At least 20

    • 27/09/2011 - Self Build Guide Published
      The Scottish Government has developed a Self Build Guide to help people who are new to self build understand what is involved and where to go to find out more. The guide gives anyone considering s

    • 21/09/2011 - Affordable Housing Securing Planning Consent 2010/11 - Publication Announcement
      The Scottish Government has today published Affordable Housing Securing Planning Consent Survey 2010/11 This report presents key statistics from the fifth annual survey of planning authorities on the amount of affordable housing provision granted planning consent during the 2010/11 financial year, and the four previou

    • 12/09/2011 - Housebuilding Infrastructure Loan Fund
       The Scottish Government is calling for applications to a new £10m Housebuilding Infrastructure Loan Fund, which will offer repayable loans to support the provision of enabling infrastructure and other work required to bring forwar

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