Barclay attacks regulatory hurdles
Homes tally welcome ‘but well short of meeting demand’
Nicola Barclay: ‘we need to rapidly increase supply’ (pic: Terry Murden)
Scotland’s home builders today said a 4.8% increase in the number of dwellings built last year was welcome news, but fell well short of meeting demand.
Official figures show 17,739 completions, but Homes For Scotland said the data highlighted the “long road that lies ahead” in tackling the country’s housing crisis as the figures equated to just 806 additional new homes on 2016 (16,933).
It said the current undersupply of housing is “continuing to stymie the options of all generations”.
Chief executive of Homes for Scotland Nicola Barclay said: “A modest 806 extra homes demonstrates the scale of challenge facing us at a time when we need to rapidly increase supply.
“Our members, who deliver homes of all tenures, tell us that difficulties with the regulatory consents process means they simply can’t get diggers on site quickly enough to satisfy the need and demand that exists.”
HFS also pointed to regional disparities across the country through new data it was collating in relation to the geographies of its Local Home Builder Area Committees.
This shows housing growth in 2017 was driven by the South East of Scotland (20.8%) and Highland & Moray (18.4%), whilst East Central Scotland fell by 16.2%.
On this, Ms Barclay said: “It is vital local authorities and our member companies work together to ensure local areas get the homes they need to sustain their communities and economies.”