A new report has declared that says tackling Scotland’s housing crisis requires the building of at least 12,000 affordable homes every year for the next five years.
The ‘Affordable Housing Need in Scotland’ report was commissioned jointly by Shelter Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and carried out by a team from the independent Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield University and University of St Andrews.
It investigates the scale of the housing crisis in Scotland and puts the cost of the housing programme required to bring supply in line with demand for new homes at an average of at least £700m each year over the next five years.
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, says: “The 12,000-a-year target for new affordable homes is the minimum level required to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis. We are calling on all political parties in Scotland to acknowledge there is a crisis by making the building of new affordable homes a priority in their manifestos for the forthcoming Holyrood elections and use the 12,000 target as a benchmark for their ambitions.
Annie Mauger, executive director of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, adds: “This important report clearly illustrates the scale of the challenge we now face in meeting demand for housing in Scotland. To rise to that challenge we need radical solutions.
“In our view, current housing supply is both insufficient in number and inadequate in choice. We need to build more new homes to help the growing number of people who are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford, but we also need a wider range of housing for people with different incomes and needs.”
More than 50% of the homes at this development for over-60s on Isla Road have already been sold off-plan, which has a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Rosemary Giovino, sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone in Scotland, says: “Generally, we would expect to sell most of our apartments once a development is nearing completion and ready to move into. However we’ve had an incredible amount of interest as soon the construction work on both Conachar Bank in Perth and The Sycamores in Kinross started, particularly from local people who wanted to stay in beautiful locations but are looking for a more manageable property.”
Conachar Bank will comprise 50 properties in all, with a residents’ lounge and communal landscaped gardens, plus a guest suite for visiting friends and relatives. There’s a house manager on site, security entry and a 24-hour emergency call line for peace of mind.
Price: From £177,450
Find out more at www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk ; 0800 201 4740
The View in Craigmillar, Edinburgh (Cruden Homes)
With its open outlooks to Arthur’s Seat, this joint venture between Cruden Homes and Places for People demonstrates why their previous venture nearby won ‘Best Partnership in Affordable Housing Delivery’ in 2014 from trade body Homes for Scotland.
The View forms the next part of the ongoing, multi-million pound re-generation of Craigmillar. This new development comprises a range of stylish and generously sized one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom terraced villas.
A number of properties are available to purchase through a 60/40 shared equity scheme, which could mean prospective buyers securing their home for a lot less than they might think. A two-bedroom apartment on the price list for only £133,000, with shared equity and a typical deposit of just 5%, means buyers could be moving in for an initial outlay of as little as £3,990.
Price: From £123,000.
Find out more at www.crudenhomes.co.uk ; 0131 554 6222
Braemore Wood in Troon, Ayrshire (Mactaggart & Mickel Homes)
The doors are open at the new sales centre here, giving potential house buyers the opportunity to soak up the spectacular coastal views that they could call home.
Set within a prime woodland area in the picturesque seaside town, Braemore Wood is an excellent choice for families looking for a tranquil home. Once complete the development will consist of 47 detached villas, all with four or five bedrooms.
Troon is a highly sought-after destination, with sandy beaches overlooking the Isle of Arran, fine restaurants and bars, boutique shops and some of the best golfing facilities in Scotland. The nearby railway station and road connections ensure that Glasgow and beyond are within easy reach.
House-hunters can visit the on-site sales centre from Thursday to Monday, 11.00am to 5.00pm.
Find out more at www.macmic.co.uk ; 0845 600 1925
Wallace Wynd in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire (Taylor Wimpey)
The two show homes at this development are among the last few properties for sale here and both of them have has been released with a price that includes all furniture, interior design, fixtures, fittings, floor coverings and integrated appliances.
The three-bedroom ‘Baird’ is available for £159,995, and the four-bedroom detached ‘Forsyth’ with double garage is available for £225,000.
Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, says: “Our show homes are really impressive homes and now that we’ve released two for sale at our development in Airdrie, it’s a great opportunity for two buyers to snap up a really stylish home that’s just ready to step inside and get on with living.”
If you can’t find the home you want here, the company is also selling nearby at Wallace Grove, with a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes to choose from, priced from just £134,995.
Price: From £209,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/wallacegrove ; 01236 801653
Langdale View in Kirkcaldy, Fife (Barratt Homes)
The housebuilder has started work this new development of 107 properties in Kirkcaldy’s popular Chapel Level area, where it is building a range of three- and four-bedroom family homes. The town is just 27 miles from Edinburgh and 28 miles from Dundee, making it an ideal commuter base.
The new development will bring almost £13.5m of new investment to the area and the first homes will be released for sale very soon, with prices yet to be confirmed.
Anne Ross, sales director of Barratt Homes East Scotland, says: “We’ve already received positive levels of interest in these new homes and expect the development to prove popular with a wide range of buyers.”
Price: From £TBC
Find out more at www.barratthomes.co.uk ; 08448 11 77 88
Craigpark in Ratho, West Edinburgh (CALA Homes)
There’s plenty for house-hunters to see at the show village at this development, with three show homes to view: the four-bedroom ‘Elliot’, the five-bedroom ‘Melville’ and the five-bedroom ‘Garvie’, all professionally designed by interiors expert Joanne McDonald of Luma Interiors.
In all, 111 homes will be built here in the up-and-coming suburb of Edinburgh, with a mix of four- and five-bedroom detached houses and four-bedroom townhouses.
Craigpark sits on the edge of a former quarry boasting spectacular views across the iconic Forth Road Bridges and into Fife.
Ratho is known for being one of the best-connected villages in Scotland, sitting on the west edge of Edinburgh just minutes away from the M8, M9 and Forth Road Bridge and with a short, eight-minute drive to Edinburgh Airport.
Price: From £455,000
Find out more at www.cala.co.uk
The Willows in South Nitshill, Glasgow (Merchant Homes)
The last few remaining properties for sale at this scheme include the three-bedroom show home, the ‘Blair’, available for £160,000 and a former view home, the ‘Glen II’, priced at £138,000.
The specification includes fully fitted kitchens with oven and hob, modern white bathrooms with Ideal Standard sanitaryware and Porcelanosa tiles, built-in wardrobes to two bedrooms and turfed front garden. Each property comes with a 10-year warranty.
The sales suite is open from Thursday to Monday, from 11.00am to 5.30pm.
Price: From £138,000
Find out more at www.merchanthomes.co.uk ; 0141 881 0906