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July 16 2019

Housing roadshow to inform new policies amid a fast-changing society

The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) is to collaborate with Collective Architecture after winning an open tender process to deliver a new exhibition communicating the Scottish Government’s future housing vision.

Housing to 2040 seeks to lay down a fresh set of standards over the coming decades informed directly by public consultation, principally via a travelling exhibition commissioned in partnership between Architecture & Design Scotland and the Scottish Government.

This will solicit views and feedback from attendees which will be used to inform a housing road map, scheduled for publication in spring 2020, which seeks to tackle issues such as an ageing population, a rise in single-person households and climate change.

Dr Kate Carter, ESALA, said “We are delighted to be working with Collective Architecture and Peak15 to create an interactive exhibition on housing for the people of Scotland. Housing is central to wellbeing and sustainability for communities. The exhibition will explore the role homes will play in creating a sustainable future for Scotland.”

The exhibition will hit the road this autumn.

6 Comments

Nairn's Bairn
#1 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 16 Jul 2019 at 17:55 PM
'Housing to 2040' factsheet available here https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-to-2040/pages/what-is-housing-to-2040/
Walt Disney
#2 Posted by Walt Disney on 17 Jul 2019 at 10:10 AM
That looks a lot like a socio-political manifesto to me with the SNP's fingerprints all over it.

What about real world housing issues?
Skills shortages, cumbersome expensive consents process, lack of funding for SMEs, failure of local authorities to release and zone land, failure of local autorities to implement 'planning advice' from the Scottish Government, Roads bond costs pushing SMEs out of the market, Arbitrary S75 requirements, state of Scottish Water infrastructure restricting development.....I can go on.

Anyone know what the Scottish Government's 'no deal Brexit' plans are for the supply chain? They've bought a warehouse full of boilers...I'm not kidding.

Try and get some of that sorted first before inventing the next socialist Utopia.
boaby wan
#3 Posted by boaby wan on 17 Jul 2019 at 10:56 AM
would be better to spend the money looking at delivering any of these "visions" or any of the previous "visions" for housing
I'm not sure what the end goal of this exhibition is? show unrealistic and undeliverable ideas to people who know that these ideas will never be implemented
jimbob tanktop
#4 Posted by jimbob tanktop on 17 Jul 2019 at 13:12 PM
#2 We have a 'socialist utopia' klaxon. Repeat; we have a 'socialist utopia' klaxon.
Dave Sutton
#5 Posted by Dave Sutton on 19 Jul 2019 at 10:07 AM
A little rich given the absence of ANY current Scottish housing standards (apart from Council standards for some social housing). So tiny new housing, with no EIA (useful on dodgy sites) or EPC, increasingly with non-adopted roads/drains, long snagging lists, at a low (wasteful) density, and non community controlled factors! But it’s VAT free and increased by £10k “Help2Buy” grant. With no named designer in sight. Hard to create a better mess!!
Walt Disney
#6 Posted by Walt Disney on 19 Jul 2019 at 12:16 PM
#5 Scottish regs on housing are the most demanding Building regs in the UK on apartment sizes, facilities, access, energy performance etc. 'Snagging' for social and private projects in my experience are exactly the same (skills gap). It is not possible to develop more than 3-5 houses without an adopted road (perhaps if councils abandoned the roads bond there would be even less). Non adoption of drainage is generally down to Scottish Water's lack of maintenance / adoption budget to vest more infrastructure. Councils require open space but will not factor open areas and will not vest them - hence the requrement for private factors. Houseuilders are either accused of 'cramming them in' or 'wasteful low densities'. They canny win. Happy to have a named 'designer' so long as we add 20% to the build cost, programme and defects list.

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