According to the latest Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland, published in December 2019, the number of long-term empty properties and second homes in Scotland has risen for a third consecutive year to 65,277 dwellings. A recent Local Government and Communities Committee report has revealed that many local authorities consider existing mechanisms for bringing empty homes back into use, such as compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), are overly complicated and expensive.
Meanwhile plans to introduce an alternative tool - compulsory sales orders - have been put on the backburner by the Scottish Government due to 'constraints on the legislative programme'.
In light of these facts what is the way forward for tackling the problem of empty homes and their associated negative impact?
Join Holyrood on 28 April as we bring together stakeholders from across Scotland to answer this vital question. You'll hear the latest thinking on potential policy developments include the future prospects for the introduction of compulsory sales orders, as well as discussing practical examples of good practice in relation to community led initiatives to bring empty homes into productive use.
10:00 Registration and Networking
10:30 Welcome from the Chair
Session 1: Policy in Context
- Context on the causes and scale of the empty homes problem
- Latest thinking on potential policy reforms including compulsory sales orders
10:35 Senior parliamentarian
10:55 Senior representative, third sector
11:15 Senior representative, local authority
11:55 Senior policymaker
12:30 Lunch and Networking
Session 2: Utilising CPOs and Good Practice Case Studies
- Assessing CPOs - identifying pressure points and best practice application
- Good practice case studies: examining succesful community led initiatives
13:15 Senior representative, lawyer
13:35 Senior representative, local authority
14:10 Case study
14:30 Case study
14:50 Case study
15:30 Chair's Closing Remarks
15:35 Close of Event