Getting planning system right 'crucial' to meeting 50,000 affordable homes target
Successful reform of Scotland’s planning system will be crucial if the Scottish Government’s target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by the end of the current Scottish Parliament is to be met.
This is a key conclusion from evidence submitted by CIH Scotland to a Scottish Government consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system, which closes today (4th April 2017).
The consultation closes as the latest official planning performance statistics for the last three months of 2016 are also published.
Commenting on the Scottish Government’s planning consultation, CIH Scotland Vice Chair Esther Wilson said:
“As the housing sector works hard to implement the Scottish Government’s target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021, it’s clear that the planning system will have a crucial role. At the same time, it’s important that we acknowledge that a combination of complex factors will come into play in delivering the increased supply of housing Scotland needs. There is equally a careful balance to be struck between achieving a more efficient and streamlined planning system and ensuring that the local communities most directly affected by planning decisions are properly consulted and involved.
“In the future, we will need our housing to be smarter and more adaptable to be able to meet the changing needs of an ageing population and other important demographic trends. This is something that the process of planning reform will need to address – as well as ensuring best use is being made of our existing housing stock. For instance, we are calling for further investigation to be made of the impact on local housing markets of a rise in short term lets.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at www.cih.org
2. A Scottish Government consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System is due to close today (4th April 2017): https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/planning-architecture/a-consultation-on-the-future-of-planning/
3. CIH Scotland's response to the consultation can be downloaded here: http://www.cih.org/resources/PDF/Scotland%20Policy%20Pdfs/Planning/Planning%20system%20response%2004%2004%202017%20FINAL.pdf
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