Housing demands

More homes needed ‘to avoid decade of undersupply’

Nicola Barclay HFS conf

Nicola Barclay: ‘need to nurture housebuilding’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Ministers will be urged to tackle a chronic housing shortage and continuing planning delays at an industry gathering in Edinburgh today.

Homes For Scotland chief executive Nicola Barclay is expected to call on the government and industry to avoid a repeat of the decade since the recession which resulted in an undersupply of 80,000 homes.

For the first time since 2008, housing completions in Scotland have exceeded 20,000 a year.

“It has taken 10 years to reach this point but, in reality, we need at least 25,000 homes to be built in Scotland every year to address demand,” says Ms Barclay.

This would generate 38,000 jobs, £1 billion more in economic output and more than £50m in infrastructure enhancements.

“In the face of Brexit, a general election next month and lower economic growth than the rest of the UK, it is vital that we nurture Scotland’s home building industry to maintain an upwards trajectory.”

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