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Barclay returns to Homes for Scotland

Nicola BarclayNicola Barclay has returned to trade body Homes for Scotland as director of planning.

Ms Barclay, who was previously principal planning advisor before leaving to join the Scottish Futures Trust, intends to work collaboratively with government at all levels.

She hope to find solutions to the crucial issues which continue to hamper delivery, not least an effective land supply and the time taken to determine applications.

The performance of Scotland’s planning system is an ongoing industry frustration at a time when housing output levels have dropped by over 40% since 2007.

She said: “I want to ensure that the home building industry is at the forefront of helping to get much needed new homes delivered on the ground and to see the planning system facilitate this goal.

“This is absolutely vital given the housing crisis that continues to engulf Scotland, whether housing for social/private rent or sale.  This is having a severe impact, particularly on the lives of our young people and growing families.

“We need to have enough homes of the right types in the right locations to meet Scotland’s diverse housing needs.   I therefore look forward to working closely with members who are innovative, solution-focused and energised to help develop practical models for delivery alongside our public sector colleagues.”

Ms Barclay, who will join the 23-strong HFS board, spend the last two and a half years at the Scottish Futures Trust developing strategies to assist the public sector dispose of surplus property assets in order to realise maximum benefits for the public purse.

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