Next steps for affordable housing: Boosting supply and improving partnerships

This briefing will consider the current landscape, future prospects and good practice in increasing affordable housing in Scotland.


The Scottish Government has committed to building 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years - 35,000 in the socially rented sector.

In uncertain financial and political times, a growing population and increased pressures on housing stocks but with the end of Right to Buy in Scotland, how can developers, social housing providers and planners work together to meet these ambitious targets and increase affordable housing in Scotland?

Join us at Holyrood’s Next Steps for Affordable Housing event to hear about the latest developments and examine how to increase affordable housing supply in Scotland.

The event

The morning session will provide an up-to-date brief of the latest developments and overview of the current landscape.

The afternoon session will consider good practice in partnership working, developing and delivering affordable housing

Key learning objectives

  • Learn about the current housing policy priorities, support and innovation
  • Consider the current landscape and future outlook, including post-Brexit and the Independent Planning review
  • Good practice in partnership working towards boosting affordable housing stock

The Agenda*

09:45 Registration and morning refreshments

10:30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Session one: Next steps for affordable housing in Scotland

10:35 ​More Homes Scotland Approach​

  • More investment for more housing
  • Supporting housing delivery 

Deborah Smith, Deputy Director, Housing Supply and Innovation Division, Scottish Government

10:50 Boosting the supply of affordable housing in Scotland

Tom Barclay, Group Director of Property and Development, Wheatley Group, and Joint Chair, Joint Housing Delivery Plan Working Group

11:10 Local authority perspective

Tony Cain, Policy Manager, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers

11:30 Building enough homes: from national policy to local delivery

  • A view from the industry
  • How we need to work together
  • Look at what success looks like

Nicola BarclayChief Executive, Homes for Scotland

11:50 Questions and discussion

12:30 Networking Lunch


Session two: Good practice seminar

13:20 Housing and Innovation

Christa Reekie, Commercial Director, Scottish Futures Trust

13:50 Bringing empty homes back to life

Gavin Leask, Empty Homes Local Projects Manager, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

14:10 Affordable housing delivery

Alistair Shaw, Head of Housing, Customer and Building Services, West Lothian Council

14:30 Questions and discussion

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda and speakers subject to change

Venue and costs

Event location: Scottish Arbitration Centre, 3rd Floor, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD

Delegate rates

  • Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

​For more information please contact Craig Flannigan, by email or phone 0131 285 1691

17 November 2016



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