Sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has announced the promotion of planning team members Liz Hamilton and Richard Lewington. Liz Hamilton becomes director of planning and Richard Principal is the body's new planning adviser.
An agreed definition of a Scottish equivalent of the Passivhaus standard which will become the minimum for all new housing in the country is to be the subject of consultation between the Scottish Government and the building industry, Patrick Harvie has confirmed. Last month, the
With a variety of social issues highlighted by adverts over the festive period, Homes for Scotland chief executive Jane Wood considers why now, more than ever, we should reflect on the role housing has in our society. Supporting everyone’s right to an adequate standard of living and enshrined
Homes for Scotland's Liz Hamilton looks ahead to the National Planning Framework 4 and outlines what it means for the Scottish economy. Scotland needs more homes. With a shortfall now approaching 100,000 houses since 2007, this is beyond doubt and we require a robust and ambitious plan to put this r
Scotland’s revised national planning framework (NPF4), currently undergoing a six-week parliamentary scrutiny period, still fails to adequately recognise the country’s housing crisis and will likely lead to a reduction in the number of homes delivered without significant intervention, Ho
The number of new homes being built in Scotland has yet to return to pre-Covid levels, official figures have shown. Quarterly housing statistics published by the Scottish Government revealed there were 20,767 all-sector new build homes completed in Scotland in the year to end March 2022,
Ahead of Homes for Scotland's Annual Conference 2022, Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay speak to the organisation's new CEO Jane Wood for the latest episode of the podcast from our sister publication Scottish Housing News. Just three months into her new post, Jane discusses developer contributions and
Following her first three months as Homes for Scotland CEO, Jane Wood is astounded that there is so much that people don’t know or value about home building. Transitioning into a new sector is always challenging, not only in terms of needing to learn at pace to support your leadership thinking
Around a third of new affordable housing in Scotland is directly delivered through contributions from private developers, new research by Homes for Scotland (HFS) has revealed. A survey undertaken by the sector body compared the output of a representative sample of its members against available Scot
The latest planning appeals figures released by the Scottish Government show that the correct decisions are not being made at a local level, according to Homes for Scotland. The Planning and Environmental Appeals Division’s annual report shows that 164 local authority planning decisions out of
Latest statistics showing a 26% increase in the total number of new homes completed in the year to end September 2021 compared to the previous 12 months (during which activity was impacted by Covid) have been welcomed as a step in the right direction by sector body Homes for Scotland. Affordable Hou
The importance of ongoing collaboration between Scotland’s home building sector and the Scottish Government was the focus of attention at the Homes for Scotland (HFS) Annual Lunch & Awards last Friday (20 May). At what is a critical time for the sector and Scotland generally, that was the
The Homes For Scotland Awards 2022 took place on May 20 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, bringing together key players from the Scottish construction industry to celebrate the sector’s greatest achievements from an array of innovative home building projects across the country.