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Affordable rural housing

Here you can read a summary of the recent seminar on affordable housing for rural communities, hosted by Shelter Scotland on 28 October 2005 and download PDFs of the presentations that were given there.


The morning's plenary focused on issues confronting rural housing in general. The first speaker, Raymond Young OBE, spoke about a ffordable housing in rural Scotland. This was followed by Dr Mark Bevan, who discussed the impact of holiday homes in rural Scotland.

Affordable housing in rural Scotland: innovative approaches to meeting need
Raymond Young, Chair, Rural Housing Service

Second and holiday homes in rural Scotland
Mark Bevan, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York


The afternoon's speeches focused on housing issues confronting Dumfries and Galloway specifically. James Shirazi spoke about Communities Scotland's housing investment programme in Dumfries and Galloway. This was followed by Richard Cave and Ahsan Khan, who discussed providing social rented housing in a post-transfer authority - the rural picture from Dumfries and Galloway:

Working with others to ensure decent housing and strong communities across Scotland
James Shirazi, Investment Co-ordinator, Housing Investment Programme in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership
Richard Cave and Ahsan Khan


The day also included four workshops which were ran in morning and afternoon sessions. The workshops covered the following topics:

Meeting community needs through local lettings
Helen Barton, Housing and Community Services Director, and Donald Lockhart, Development Services Director, Albyn Housing Society Ltd

Empty Homes: reducing waste to create affordable homes?
Andrew Bradford and Sarah-Jane Laing of the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association.

Using the private sector to meet local need
Derek Anderson and Lynn Kennedy of Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust: a new approach to affordable housing?
Guy Pounder of the Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust.

The event provided an excellent opportunity for different groups involved in rural housing to meet and discuss key issues. It was seen by many as an enjoyable day with a great deal of positive feedback.