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Barratt chief: housebuilding needs to be ‘fit for purpose’

Doug McLeod of Barratt Developments

Doug McLeod:  a need for united action


 

Barratt Developments Scotland chief has appealed for all those in the housebuilding sector to ensure it is “fit for purpose”.

As the company announced plans to build 3,975 homes on 23 sites across Scotland Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Scotland said demand for good quality homes in Scotland shows no signs of slowing, in line with a steadily growing population.

However, he said this threw up challenges across the industry.

“In order to try and meet that demand, everyone involved in Scotland’s housebuilding industry, from the planners through to the house builders, needs to ensure that the system is fit for purpose so that we, and other house-builders like us, are in a position to meet that demand with adequate supply.

“For our part, we are continuing to invest in Scotland, acquiring…sites and building homes in popular places where people want to live.

“The good news is that we’re seeing an increase in the number of locations across Scotland which have become desirable places to live, helping to foster the growth of new communities while at the same time stimulating local economies.”

Barratt completed 1,730 homes across the country over the year to 30 June. Home completions were up by about 4% on the previous year.

Mr McLeod’s comments follow concerns expressed across the industry over the Planning (Scotland) Bill now making its way through parliament.

A survey by consultancy Barton Willmore found high levels of dissatisfaction with the current direction of the Scottish Government’s review. 

The Scottish Government has estimated that 465,000 new homes are needed by 2035 to cope with expected housing demand. Housing completions across Scotland in 2017 rose 4.8 per cent to 17,739, but that figure equated to just 806 extra homes on the previous year.



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