Value of Scottish housebuilding revealed

Value of Scottish housebuilding revealed

A new report has highlighted the wider value created by building the homes Scotland requires.

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The wider value of building the homes that Scotland needs has been highlighted in a new report: The Value of Residential Development.

Drawing on evidence from national and international literature over several decades, the report shows that  each new home built in Scotland supports four jobs across the economy and that  home building in Scotland contributes c. £570m annually to government finances. It also notes that new homes contribute to improved health and education outcomes and that  home building is a major driver in regeneration.

The report was commissioned by industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS). HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said: “Building the homes that Scotland requires is crucial to our country’s wider social wellbeing and economic success. Today’s report highlights the different measures which can be used to assess this value in areas which are often not recognised. These include the environment, the regeneration of areas of deprivation and training and apprenticeships.

The report also found that  Scotland is only building at 80% of the level required to meet housing need and demand.

Nicola Barclay continued: “What it also shows, however, is that we still aren’t building at the level required to meet housing need and demand and to unlock the broader benefits this would offer. This is detrimental to our growing population in terms of affordability, market volatility and increasing intergenerational wealth inequality.”

Dr John Boyle, Director of Research & Strategy at Rettie & Co, who led the research team, said: “Home building has economic value, supporting over 80,000 jobs in Scotland and the potential to support 100,000 if levels could be restored to where they were pre-recession. Residential development also makes a very important contribution to government finances.

“However, many of the ‘softer’ impacts of development often go unnoticed. It is clear from the evidence that development has knock-on consequences for improving health, educational attainment and social opportunities for communities. It does this by improving the quality of place, including in areas of long-term decline, as evidence from the Transformational Regeneration Areas in Glasgow have demonstrably shown in recent years.”

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