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The Scottish Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay MSP, visited the country's busiest private sale housing development where he confirmed the Government's commitment to reforming the current planning system.
The Minister toured Springfield Properties' Riverside Point in Braehead to learn more about the activities of NHBC, the UK's largest new homes warranty provider.
A development which will be part of a multi-million pound regeneration programme in the west of Scotland has been given planning permission. Taylor Wimpey have secured the go ahead for 147 new homes in Bishopton. The 16.5 acre site in Dargavel Village will be transformed with a range of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes. Along with Taylor Wimpey, a range of other developers will work to transform the community with new homes and facilities.
The Scottish Government has created a new position as part of the recent reshuffle for a housing and welfare minister. Margaret Burgess MSP, whose constituency is Cunninghame South in Ayrshire, has been appointed to the role. The previous role that incorporated housing was the transport and housing minister reporting to the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment. First minister Alex Salmond said the reason for change is "reflecting the importance of housing in aiding economic recovery and also the challenges facing those in poverty".
With the ongoing consultation in Scotland for the future of Right To Buy, a local council looks
set to back the complete abolishment of the current legislation. The Scottish Government is consulting the public on whether to modernise or totally abolish the Right to Buy until the end of August for all social housing. Perth and Kinross Council are set to back the end of right to buy as council officers have recommended. The area has a severe lack of council housing.
The Scottish Government will provide a £10million loan fund to kick-start stalled housing projects so that more new homes in Scotland can be created. The House-building Infrastructure Loans Fund offers help to housebuilders who are unable to attract private-sector finance, to invest in the infrastructure needed for projects to go ahead.
The construction industry in Scotland has been given a boost following an announcement by the Scottish Government last week they are to make £10 million in loans available for housing infrastructure projects. The cash is to be spent on new homes developments in Scotland which are currently unable to go ahead due to difficulties with issues such as blocked drainage, decontamination and problems with flooding.
The Scottish government has announced a new scheme which plans to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes in Scotland.
The Scottish government has announced plans to invest in the region of £50m in order to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland.
Homes for Scotland (HfS), which represents new home developers in Scotland, has criticised the Scottish government for 'misleading' the public by playing down the crisis as far as the lack of new homes being built in Scotland is concerned.
The Scottish government has today announced plans to build over 200 affordable homes in Aberdeen as part of a £55m development to be built in the city.
The 209 ‘low-cost' flats will be built at a former paper mill site alongside the River Don in Aberdeen, with new build homes varying from one to four bedrooms.