The Scottish Government wants everyone to have a safe, energy efficient home that is affordable and meets their needs in the place they want to be. Housing to 2040 sets out the Scottish Government’s approach about increasing the supply of homes across all tenures through a range of measures including:
- the Housing and Planning Delivery Framework, which reinforces the links between planning and housing requirements to support the provision of the right homes in the right places to create and sustain thriving communities. Local Housing Strategy guidance underpins the importance of strong alignment between housing and planning authorities and encourages local authorities to demonstrate how they are supporting new and existing neighbourhoods based on Place-Making principles and to promote housing’s role in the building of successful and sustainable places.
- the Affordable Housing Supply Programme and, as part of that, the Rural and Islands Housing Funds
- the use of Innovative financing
- making best use of existing homes, including bringing empty homes back into use
- the Gypsy/Travellers Accommodation Fund, which is providing funding for more and better Gypsy/Traveller accommodation.
Housing to 2040 sets out the Scottish Government’s ambitions for how it wants the housing and communities of the future to be, with actions on how to achieve that. The strategy shows how integral housing is to the Scottish Government’s objectives of tackling poverty and inequality, creating and supporting jobs, meeting energy efficiency and decarbonisation aims as well as delivery of fuel poverty and child poverty targets, and creating connected, cohesive communities. A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Programme for Government 2021-22 commits that 110,000 affordable homes will be delivered across Scotland by 2032, with at least 70% of these in the social rented sector and 10% in remote, rural and island communities.
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