Next Steps for Housing Delivery in Scotland

This event will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss challenges and opportunities around the delivery of housing in Scotland as the Scottish Government seek to meet its target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

Unlocking Scotland’s housing supply

The Scottish Government launched its £25m Building Scotland Fund in June 2018. Aimed at boosting the delivery of affordable homes, the fund will act as a precursor to the proposed Scottish National Investment Bank and trial new funding models.

Furthermore, the Planning Bill is working its way through Scottish Parliament. In relation to housing, the key proposals of the Bill are the expansion of Simplified Planning Zones as a means of releasing more development-ready land and steps to close the gap between planning consent and the delivery of new homes.

Join us to examine these latest policy developments and their potential impact on the delivery of housing in Scotland, as well as hearing innovative case studies aimed at addressing key housing challenges including the workforce, funding models and land reform.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • Overview of current policy on housing and the role of the Building Scotland Fund
  • Implications of the Planning Bill on housing delivery
  • Next steps for planning and housing following expected passage of the Bill
  • Innovative approaches to future-proofing Scotland’s housing system

Who should attend?

  • Local authorities
  • Construction firms
  • Housing charities
  • Housing and planning lawyers
  • Housing associations


09.15 Registration and Refreshments

10.00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Professor Mark Stephens, Director, The Urban Institute, Heriot-Watt University

10:05 Session 1: Context and Overview

10.05 The CIH Asks For Future Supply

  • Current supply
  • Are we building  the right units in the right places?
  • What are the challenges?

Jim Strang, President, Chartered Institute of Housing and Chief Executive, Parkhead Housing Association

10.25 Questions and comments from the floor

10.35 Roundtable on Priorities for Scotland's Housing Sector

11.20 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Perspectives on the Planning Bill

  • Perspectives from key stakeholders on the Planning Bill and its implications for housing delivery
  • SPZs as a mechanism for unlocking more development-ready land
  • The potential impact of proposals to close the gap between planning consent and delivery of homes
  • Next steps for planning and housing following expected passage of the Bill later this year

Tammy Swift-Adams, Director of Planning, Homes for Scotland

Rory Alexander, Partner, Planning and Local Government, Morton Fraser

Clare Symonds, Chair, Planning Democracy

12.45 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Beyond the Planning Bill - Innovation and Future-Proofing Scotland's Housing System

Case Studies of Innovative Practice

  • Discussion of innovative approaches to key housing challenges including workforce, funding and land reform

13.30 Resident Led Housing

With reference to our recently completed award winning project in Portobello:

  • How a resident led approach to housing can deliver higher quality sustainable homes at a lower price than a conventional developer led approach

  John Kinsley, Director, John Kinsley Architects

13:50 Land Value Sharing: Harnessing the Power of Self-Interest

Shona Glenn, Head of Policy & Research (Land), Scottish Land Commission

14:10 Can Innovation Help The Housing System?

Where is innovation in housing happening? And do we have a skilled workforce to support greater innovation. Hear about how businesses, housing associations and other organisations are seeking out innovative solutions to support better housing for all. 

 Rohan Bush, Head of Public Partnerships & Future Workforce, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

14.30 Questions and comments from the floor

14.55 Chair's Closing Remarks

Professor Mark Stephens, Director, The Urban Institute, Heriot-Watt University

15.00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VATpp | 2+ places £195 + VATpp (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VATpp | 2+ places £245 + VATpp (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

20 November 2018



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