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Scottish Conservatives demand self-build housing drive

Words: Huw Morris
House building

Scottish Conservatives have called for a Grand Designs-style plan to boost self-builders in a key plank of the party’s policy for a ‘house building revolution’.

The party accused the SNP of failing to build enough homes to meet housing demand, citing Scottish government figures that show the number of completions in 2015-16 was 15,854, down from 16,209 the previous year.

Apart from incentives for councils to help self-builders, Scottish Conservatives call for a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in new completions across all sector to ensure that 25,000 homes are built every year.

They call for the introduction of brownfield land registers and a presumption in favour of such housing developments. A new ‘help to rebuild’ programme would also tackle Scotland’s 34,000 empty homes, said the party.