Scottish Property Federation



Scotland set for ‘more inclusive and collaborative’ planning system as MSPs back ‘radical’ reforms

Planning minister Kevin Stewart said communities will have more say in shaping the future development of their areas after MSPs agreed to a “radical shake-up” of planning laws.

Published 21 June 2019

Ministers face Planning Bill headache as legislation reaches final stage of scrutiny

Ministers are being urged to go further in its attempts to deliver change to Scotland’s planning system but have also faced calls that last minute amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill could “derail” the system altogether.

Published 18 June 2019

Build-to-rent drive is supporting Scotland’s city living agenda

A plan to boost economic growth within Scotland’s cities through an increase in city-living is benefitting from a surge in build-to-rent led developments, with Glasgow now in the top five cities outside London for the number of homes in planning, under construction and complete.

Published 22 January 2019

Blog: Why introducing Third Party or ‘Equal’ Right of Appeal would be a backward step

By Mandy Catterall, Scottish Property Federation

Published 31 August 2018

LBTT delivers third highest monthly revenues total

A seasonal upturn in property market activity has delivered a £57 million boost to Scottish Government revenues, generating the third highest monthly return since the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) was introduced.

Published 15 August 2018

Planning application decisions record quickest annual figures

The average decision times for planning applications in Scotland have recorded their quickest annual figures since records began.

Published 25 July 2018

New data highlights build-to-rent gap between Scotland and UK regions

The significant gap between the number of purpose-built rental properties in Scotland and those being constructed in different English regions has been highlighted in a new report.

Published 26 April 2018

Operational delivery ‘key to return on investment’ for Build to Rent in Scotland

Investors into Scotland’s Build to Rent (BTR) sector have been urged to ensure that schemes have operational management factored in from the earliest stages of development.

Published 11 December 2017

Planning Bill published by Scottish Government

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about how land is developed and used has been introduced by cabinet secretary for communities, social security and equalities, Angela Constance MSP.

Published 5 December 2017

Edinburgh’s Construction, Housing & Property firms build on solid foundations

Companies from the Construction, Housing & Property sector in and around Edinburgh met at the sixth qualifying heat of national business five-a-side tournament Business Fives summer season as they raised £2,651 for various charities.

Published 25 August 2017

Blog: Will the Scottish Government respond positively to support Scotland’s build-to-rent sector?

By Scottish Property Federation director David Melhuish

Published 10 August 2017

Blog: New planning system needs to deliver for developers and local communities

Government relations manager Mandy Catterall gives the Scottish Property Federation’s take on the coming changes in the planning system.

Published 13 April 2017

Scottish Government ‘£100m short’ on LBTT predictions

The returns for the Scottish Government’s Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) returns in February 2017 generated the lowest LBTT revenue of any other month in 2016/17, official figures have shown.

Published 27 March 2017

Home builders oppose fee rise for ‘disastrously slow’ planning system

Home building industry body Homes for Scotland has opposed proposals by the Scottish Government to increase the maximum fee level for planning applications.

Published 2 March 2017

Business Fours drives property sector onto the green

After the success of Business Fives, Scotland’s national business five-a-side tournament, the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) is now backing Scotland’s first ever national business golf tournament.

Published 27 February 2017