Earlier this year, Brodies' Housebuilding and Government and Business teams hosted a series of independently moderated roundtable discussions across each of our Scottish offices - Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness - focused on the challenges and opportunities in delivering housing in each city and region, with a particular focus on the delivery of social and affordable housing in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Our wide and varied client base within the living sector in Scotland, which includes registered social landlords, private housebuilders, lenders, local authorities, charities and regulatory bodies, BTR developers and those specialising in delivering student accommodation, ensured that each discussion was engaging and enlightening. It was clear from each discussion that each city and region has unique housing needs, impacted by matters such as population density, demographics and employment trends. Despite those local differences, there were common themes which emerged across all locations, namely the need for collaboration, imagination and localisation. The full report from our roundtable discussions, Housing in Scotland: challenges and opportunities in 2023, can be downloaded here.
The common themes detailed in the report were recognised by Paul McLennan MSP, Minister for Housing, who was the keynote speaker at our recent Brodies Homes Conference, and were explored further in panel discussions during the event.