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Making Housing in Scotland Affordable: Supply, Delivery Challenges and the Role of Home Energy Costs

Tue 1st May 2018

Edinburgh, Wheatley Academy

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Scotland's housing challenge remains to match the different types of demand in urban, rural and remote Scotland with affordable forms of housing - in the right sizes, locations and tenures.

This conference discusses how the Scottish Government's commitment to delivering additional housing stock can be supported - and delivered with affordability. The SNP election manifesto contained commitments to key interventions in Scottish housing.  These included:

  • investing over £3 billion over five years to deliver a minimum of 50,000 affordable houses - at least 35,000 of them to be for social rent;
  • a Warm Homes Bill to tackle fuel poverty; and
  • the continuation of investment in Help to Buy and Shared Equity schemes to help first time buyers

Delivering affordable housing, regardless of tenure or sector,  requires a dramatic increase in supply, which means tackling key development factors in planning, finance, support infrastructure and build types. A significant secondary cost in maintaining affordability lies in energy - the price of heating and lighting houses to make them into homes.

This conference discusses the Scottish housing affordability challenge in three sessions: getting the right housing in the right places, tackling core hurdles to achieve affordable housing supply and delivering energy affordability in housing.

Key themes to be discussed at the conference include:

  • The Scottish housing market: Understanding the demand
  • New models in housing delivery
  • Financing new housing development
  • Planning and land supply
  • Housing support infrastructure
  • Exploring flexible new build types
  • The Warm Homes Bill
  • Reducing the need for high energy consumption
  • Measuring, managing and modifying energy use
  • Making energy supply cheaper and more affordable


Donald Anderson

Conference Chair and Director, Playfair Scotland

Dr John Boyle

Director- Research and Strategy, Rettie & Co

Professor Duncan Maclennan

CBE FRSE FAcSS FRSA, Professor of Public Policy, University of Glasgow

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director, Sigma Capital Group

Andrew Screen

Managing Director, TradeRisks Limited

Caroline Docherty OBE WS

Consultant, Morton Fraser

Victoria Rowlands

Housing Co-ordinator, Wheatley Group

Gordon Barbour

Development Manager, Glasgow Housing Association

David Weatherall

Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

Iagan MacNeil

Head of Policy and Communications Scotland, Smart Energy GB

Dawn Muspratt

Founding Chief Executive, Our Power

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