Next Steps for Affordable Housing

This briefing will consider the latest policies, developments and good practice in increasing affordable housing in Scotland.

The context

In June 2017, the Scottish Government allocated £1.75 billion for local authorities to stimulate investment in affordable housing, with funding details of each council confirmed for the next three years.

With the Scottish Government committed to delivering 50,000 affordable homes, 35,000 in the socially rented sector by 2021 - how can housing providers from across sectors work together to boost the supply of affordable homes?

Key learning objectives

  • Up-to-date brief on housing policy, priorities and funding
  • Consider the current landscape, future opportunities and challenges
  • Good practice in partnership working towards boosting affordable housing stock


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

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

10:05 Session 1: Update and Overview

10:05 Affordable Housing Supply

Nicola Dickie, Policy Manager, COSLA

10:25 Achieving Excellence in Housing Development

Mark Turley, Programme Manager, Achieving Excellence in Housing Development, Scottish Government - More Homes Division

10:45 Reflecting on Delivering the Affordable Supply Target

Professor Ken Gibb, Professor of Housing Economics, University of Glasgow, and Director, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Boosting The Supply Of Good Quality Affordable Housing

11:50 Wheatley Group - Approaches to Funding

Steven Henderson, Group Director of Finance, Wheatley Group

12:10 Is Planning Reform Enough?

  • Scottish Government planning review agenda
  • RTPI Scotland ideas for reform for increasing delivery of housing
  • The bigger picture – beyond just planning reform

Kate Houghton MRTPI, Policy & Practice Officer, Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:35 Session 3: Good Practice Seminar

13:35 More Homes Better Homes West Dunbartonshire

John Kerr, Housing Strategy Manager, West Dunbartonshire Council, and Board Member, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland

13:55 Weathering The Perfect Storm

  • Describing Link's strategic decisions post-credit crunch in 2008 and what we've done in subsequently in terms of growth - development of new homes and services, employability, new business(es), responding to welfare reform and other threats and ending up in 2017 stronger than ever, 

Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive, Link Group Ltd

14:15 Case Study: Empty Homes - Glasgow City Council

Barry Sheridan, Policy Officer, Empty Homes - Glasgow City Council

14:35 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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16 November 2017



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