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Five-year housing delivery plan on starting blocks

Words: Roger Milne
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Communities secretary Alex Neil has revealed that the administration is developing a five-year joint delivery plan for housing.

The plan will be published shortly and will set out the administration’s joint priorities for action to support new housing.

This initiative has involved planners, house builders and other partners. News of the move came as the government published the latest planning statistics.

These showed that between October and December 2014, the number of local housing developments (applications for fewer than 50 houses) was at its highest for the past 11 quarters. Applications were being processed quicker than ever - while the average time to process big housing developments was at its slowest yet.

Neill said: “Scotland’s planning system must facilitate much-needed new infrastructure and create high-quality, sustainable places to live and work. That’s crucial to promoting strong, sustainable economic growth.

“There is good work in authorities across the country and I am encouraged to see that local housing applications are not only increasing, but that decisions are being made on them more quickly than ever.

“I am, however, concerned that a small number of major housing applications are still taking far too long and that this is distorting the overall average figures.”