Scottish Property Federation

Programme for Government: Praise for commitment to increased infrastructure investment

The Scottish Government has pledged to increase investment in infrastructure year on year so that by the end of the next Parliament it will be £1.5 billion higher than last year.

Published 2 September 2020

Scottish commercial property sales 'at lowest level for 10 years'

Scotland’s commercial property sales have suffered the worst quarter in a decade, according to Scottish Property Federation (SPF) analysis of the latest commercial property sales figures from the Registers of Scotland.

Published 25 August 2020

Government planning proposals ‘at odds’ with announcement on generating growth and supporting jobs

Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has welcomed the Scottish Government plans to “generate significant economic growth, combined with a focus on supporting jobs, skills and training” but warned that new proposals on planning contradicted such intentions.

Published 6 August 2020

New construction guidance issued as sector begins tentative return

Scotland’s contractors have been instructed to follow physical distancing and strict health & safety guidelines as the industry took its first steps out of lockdown today.

Published 29 May 2020

SPF survey highlights grim financial outlook for commercial property sector

More than half of Scotland’s commercial property owners and investors have cited serious or terminal financial challenges as a result of coronavirus-related rental income losses, according to a new survey.

Published 26 May 2020

Construction sector welcomes long-awaited return to work but further clarity sought

The first tentative steps to get the construction sector in Scotland back to work have been widely supported by the industry but also met with calls for much-needed clarity of exactly what a phased return entails.

Published 22 May 2020

Scottish Government announces new measures to protect business tenants

The Scottish Government has announced new measures to protect business tenants during the current coronavirus pandemic, with the notice period for commercial leases extended from 14 days to 14 weeks.

Published 14 April 2020

Property industry welcomes Scottish coronavirus legislation

Emergency legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been welcomed by the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

Published 2 April 2020

Scottish commercial property market ‘shows resilience and growth’ in 2019

Scottish Property Federation (SPF) analysis of 2019 commercial property sales figures has revealed that the total value of sales grew in Scotland for the third consecutive year.

Published 25 February 2020

Draft Budget ‘fails to deliver boost for small builders’

An increased allocation of funding for affordable homes and energy efficiency from yesterday’s draft Scottish budget has been welcomed, though the Scottish Government “missed an opportunity” to set out how they will invest in Scotland’s builders.

Published 7 February 2020

Extending business rates to student accommodation ‘fraught with unfairness’

The proposed Non-Domestic Rates Bill risks significant damage to investment in Scotland’s student accommodation sector, the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has warned.

Published 23 January 2020

Edinburgh rebound boosts Scottish commercial property sales to £1.2bn

A Scottish Property Federation (SPF) analysis of the latest commercial property sales figures has shown a rebound in the total value of sales in Scotland in Q3 (July to September) 2019.

Published 25 November 2019

New SPF leader Robin Blacklock to focus on inclusive growth

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has announced Robin Blacklock as its next chair following the trade association’s annual dinner last night.

Published 8 November 2019

Commercial property sales fall for second quarter but Glasgow bucks trend

Commercial property sales values in Glasgow surpassed those of Scotland’s capital for the first time since 2015, new research has found.

Published 27 August 2019

Scotland set for ‘more inclusive and collaborative’ planning system as MSPs back ‘radical’ reforms

Planning minister Kevin Stewart said communities will have more say in shaping the future development of their areas after MSPs agreed to a “radical shake-up” of planning laws.

Published 21 June 2019