The Scottish Green MSP Ariane Burgess has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s action plan for rural and island homes, but said it is the “action” part which matters.
The plan seeks to increase the number of homes built across rural Scotland and will support the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver 11,000 affordable new homes in rural and island areas by 2032.
The new package delivers on a key policy in the Bute House Agreement between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government.
Commenting, Ariane Burgess, Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands & Islands Region, said:
“It’s challenging to get new, affordable homes built in rural Scotland and our islands – land is expensive, there are restrictions on development, and it costs more to get materials and tradespeople on site.
“Add to this low wages, precarious work and competition from property investors, and it’s not surprising so many young people say they simply can’t afford to live in or move to rural Scotland.
“Just a few homes can make all the difference to small communities, supporting local businesses, keeping small schools open and building a future for young people and families who might otherwise leave.
“This plan has the potential to transform how rural Scotland develops – keeping wealth in the local economy and creating homes for the people we need to work in growing sectors like nature restoration, sustainable forestry and climate adaptation.
“Good, well-designed housing in the right place can drive rural repopulation, create jobs and sustain local business and communities.”