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Advisers team up to boost housing projects

EDG property team

New team: John Sinclair, Ewan Mcintyre, Allan Smith and Rory Ballantyne

Four property professionals have launched an advisory group to help landowners and developers unlock sites for housing.

Enabling Development Group is a free advisory service for those parties already in the development market but struggling to bring sites forward.

Rory Ballantyne, managing director of Ballantynes, said:  “We are in midst of a housing boom with regards to the volume house building market, with significant sites being brought to the market at record land values.

Unfortunately, the area most lacking in housing provision is the SME sector where development growth has been slow.

“It is this market we are keen to assist and by bringing and encouraging more SME development we are hopeful we can bring the completion rate of new build homes in Scotland up to a level that can match demand.”

Mr Ballantyne is working alongside Allan Smith, director of Development Finance; Ewan McIntyre, managing director of EMA Architects; and John Sinclair, consultant at Burness Paul. 

EDG is already working on a number of projects with potential for more than 50 units that will shortly reach completion to allow developers to start building homes.

Nicola Barclay, chief executive of Homes for Scotland, said: “I am delighted to see four of our associate member companies collaborating in this way to create EDG.

“Their service will provide practical advice to smaller builders, who we recognise must be supported at all levels of government if we are to increase the supply of new homes across the country, to meet the demand that clearly exists.”


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