The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has called on Nicola Sturgeon’s government to increase funding in housing to stimulate the economy and boost employment.
Following a recent announcement by the First Minister to inject £100m more into infrastructure projects, the trade association suggested that the property market would be the most productive area for investment , not only to create jobs but also to tackle the accepted housing shortage.
Vaughan Hart, managing director of the SBF, has said: “In this period of economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote, any moves to accelerate investment in construction projects are of course welcome. However, if the objective is to stimulate employment within the Scottish construction industry, we would argue that investing in housing and smoothing the path for commercial and industrial projects ought to be the priority.”
The SBF position was supported by industry body Homes for Scotland, whose chief executive Nicola Barclay says: “Every new home built in Scotland supports four jobs and helps boost economic growth through the supply chain. The industry also contributes to improving health and education outcomes and fighting fuel poverty.
“We would therefore urge the Scottish government to prioritise housing when considering how these funds will be allocated in order to secure the thriving economic future we all want to see.”
Here are our favourite picks of current new homes for sale in Scotland:
Lauder Gardens in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (David Wilson Homes)
Located on the edge of this sought-after market town, this development will feature a range of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes from the housebuilder’s Alba range. The development is well situated for access to Glasgow and the surrounding areas – perfect for commuter buyers.
The current 'Home of the Week' is Plot 30, ‘The Drumoig’, an impressive detached home with a large lounge with bay window, kitchen/dining/family room, utility room and WC on the ground floor. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, with the master benefiting from an en suite. The family bathroom has a separate bath and shower.
This spacious family home is available with 100% Part Exchange.
Prices: From £289,995
Find out more about Lauder Gardens from David Wilson Homes
Woodland Grange in Dalkeith, Midlothian (Cruden Homes)
This housebuilder has just launched the final phase of five properties at this popular development in Wester Cowden, on the edge of Dalkeith.
The five properties include one three-bedroom detached villa and three three-bedroom semi-detached ‘Jay’ homes featuring a hallway, downstairs cloakroom, kitchen/dining area, separate living room, an en suite master bedroom and a family bathroom. Also available is one two-bedroom ‘Carrion’ style semi-detached villa with hallway, downstairs cloakroom, kitchen/dining area, separate living room and a family bathroom.
Grace Brownlow, sales and marketing director at Cruden Homes (East), says: “With plenty of surrounding countryside to enjoy and also well placed for both easy commuting to the capital and access to local facilities, the final five properties at Woodland Grange offer a very attractive lifestyle option for couples and families.”
Prices: From £150,000
Find out more at www.crudenhomes.co.uk ; 0131 561 9798
Fairways View in Irvine, North Ayrshire (Dundas)
This is a collection of three-bedroom terraced homes, two- and three-bedroom bungalows and three-, four- and five-bedroom detached family homes. It is located between two of Irvine’s finest golf courses and, as its name suggests, offers views over their greens, bunkers and fairways.
The development is just minutes from Irvine town centre and close to the Irvine Beach Park. The city of Glasgow is just over 30 miles away and Irvine has regular transport links direct to the city’s centre.
For leisure time, the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park (Scotland’s largest) is a short drive away and offers a wide range of activities including walking, cycling and wildlife watching.
Prices: From £157,000
Find out more about Fairways View from Dundas
Hawthornden in Rosewell, Midlothian (Avant Homes)
This is a collection of three and four-bedroom semi and detached homes, in the picturesque village of Rosewell. Featuring bi-fold doors, stylish Italian-inspired designer kitchens and a general high-quality specifications, Hawthornden also offers housebuyers a great selection of extras to choose from.
The development is located just a half-hour drive from the centre of Edinburgh, surrounded by Midlothian countryside, offering homebuyers the ‘best of both worlds’ of tranquil surrounding s and an easy commute. Buyers can also enjoy a range of local landmarks including Rosslyn Chapel, Hawthornden Castle and Whitehill House.
Part Exchange and other incentives are available at the development to assist buyers make the move quickly and affordably.
Prices: From £289,995
Find out more at www.avanthomes.co.uk ; 0131 516 8951
Ocean in Aberdeen (Barratt Homes)
This development is aptly named, being located less than five minutes' walk from Aberdeen beach front and less than a mile from the city centre. It offers a selection of one- and two-bedroom apartments in a variety of styles, with some benefitting from balconies and sea views. There is also secure, allocated parking.
The development is ideal for local workers and for investors, being close to the commercial heart of the city as well as the campuses of the city universities.
The first residents are due into the building now, a year after building started, with completion of the entire project due by summer 2018. Help to Buy Scotland is available to assist buyers, with only a 5% deposit needed.
Prices: From £164,995
Find out more about Ocean from Barratt Homes
Hedgefield House in Inverness, Highland (Tulloch Homes)
A short walk from the city centre, the housebuilder has converted this Georgian Grade B listed building into nine homes, retaining many of its original 19th-century architectural features.
At nearly 200 years old, this heritage building has a number of former uses, and there is even an early photograph of it in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Hedgefield House is access via a tree-lined drive and is nestled in mature parkland, surrounded by protected woodland.
The final apartment is now for sale, a two-bedroom property on the first floor, with a separate lounge and kitchen and en suite to the master bedroom.
Find out more at www.tulloch-homes.com ; 01463 229309