Our Work

Housing & Planning

Housing & Planning
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Residential Tenancies

Land based businesses deliver much needed rural rented housing, often at affordable rents and in areas where social providers find it most challenging. 
We are working with members, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that the rural Private Rented Sector provides a good quality, effective housing supply, contributing to the sustainability of rural communities. 

Landlord and Letting Agent Registration

We support the Scottish Government’s desire to have a transparent and accountable registration process. We are working with members, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure the registration process is compatible with the management practices of rural businesses. 

Empty Homes 

Empty Homes are becoming increasingly common in rural areas. We are working with the Scottish Government, local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that the complex reasons behind empty homes are understood and to make sure landlords are given assistance to bring their homes back into use. 

Energy Efficiency

The announcement of the minimum energy efficiency targets and their allied targets for rented, non-domestic and owner-occupied properties are a serious cause for concern for many members. We are working with members, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other stakeholders to improve the EPC methodology, increase available funding and to communicate the realities of making energy efficiency improvements too hard to treat dwellings. 

Repairing Standard

From 28 March 2027, the Repairing Standard will apply to houses on most agricultural leases. We are working with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to ensure policymakers understand the framework of agricultural holdings legislation and how these interplay with housing. 

 

New Housing Supply

Our members are delivery partners in meeting Scottish Government housing targets through both large and small developments. We are working to increase the affordable housing supply in rural Scotland by raising awareness of the opportunities and seeking supportive policies.  We are currently engaged in work with the Scottish Land Commission and Savills looking at the barriers to developing new housing in rural Scotland.

Planning

Planning is also fundamentally important to our rural communities. We are working to influence planning policy at a variety of levels to achieve an efficient planning system that is fit for purpose in a rural context. We are currently working on the implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, including the NPF4, development management, development planning and community engagement.

Outwith the Planning Act, we are working on the Scottish Government’s Permitted Development Rights review where we are looking to ensure a flexible approach to rural development is prioritised. We are also engaged in discussions around changes to planning fees and planning obligations.

 

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