Scottish Property Federation responds to measures announced in Scottish Government’s Programme for Government

6 Sep 2016

Policy area: Finance, Development

The Scottish Property Federation, the voice of Scotland’s real estate sector, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s moves to increase investor confidence and back start-up businesses, following the announcement of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland.

David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation comments on two key aspects of the Programme for Government which were of particular interest to Scotland’s real estate sector:

“The real estate sector welcomes the Government’s commitment to bring forward a Planning Reform Bill as part of its response to the independent review on planning reform.  The planning system has a major role to play in assuring investors that Scotland is open for business and competitive and what we can ill afford is any perception that the planning system in Scotland is more difficult to engage and work with.   We welcome the positive momentum on planning reform which has been generated following the report of the independent review panel and look forward to engaging constructively with the Government as the Bill is brought forward.

“The rollout of Simplified Planning Zones for housing is particularly welcome news and we hope that the Government will continue to engage with house-builders and the development industry as well as local authorities to make use of the best practice which has emerged in places such as Hillington Park where a commercially led SPZ has been particularly successful.”

“The Scottish Growth Scheme is a positive use of government powers to support business growth.  The real estate sector has a part to play in delivering new jobs and investment in our towns and cities. Even a small major office or industrial development has the potential to deliver hundreds of new jobs but the sector needs positive support, including a business rates system which focuses on growth, in order to deliver new developments to drive the economy.”