Scottish Property Federation



Lower LBTT revenues ‘support case for increased residential change’

Receipts from the Scottish Government’s Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) may fall below government estimates at the end of the 2016/17 financial year, according to official statistics.

Published 24 February 2017

Scottish Government opens consultation on planning system modernisation

Keenly-awaited proposals for transforming the planning system have been positively received by the country’s home builders.

Published 11 January 2017

Scottish Government proposes ‘substantial’ planning fees increase

The Scottish Government has today opened a consultation on proposals to increase fees and resources for major planning applications.

Published 6 December 2016

Scottish Housing News becomes proud Business Fives industry partner

Scottish Housing News has been named as joint industry partner for the Housing & Property heat of Scotland’s national business five-a-side tournament Business Fives.

Published 13 October 2016

Sector welcomes Programme for Government

The Scottish Government’s priority for warm homes has “lit up” the Programme for Government and been welcomed across the sector.

Published 7 September 2016

Property industry calls for residential LBTT rates reform

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has called for the 5 per cent threshold of residential LBTT to be raised to £500,000 in the light of evidence suggesting a downturn in the value and number of transactions in the first year of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).

Published 6 September 2016

Decrease in major and local housing planning decision times

The average time for a planning decision to be made on major developments has fallen by 17 per cent on the previous year, according to new Scottish Government figures.

Published 21 July 2016

‘Ambitious’ programme of planning reform welcomed by builders

Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s response to the report of the independent planning review panel, praising its commitment to strengthening and simplifying the planning system to achieve positive outcomes for Scotland, including the delivery of more homes.

Published 13 July 2016

Breakfast seminar on Scottish planning review

A free breakfast seminar outlining the key findings and implications of the recently published review of the planning system will be held on Tuesday 21st June hosted by PR and public affairs agency, Orbit Communications.

Published 8 June 2016

Council tax reform proposal branded ‘damp squib’ by COSLA

The Scottish Government has failed to deliver any meaningful change with its council tax reform proposals, according to COSLA.

Published 3 March 2016

Holyrood commits to exemption for large scale investors from LBTT surcharge

The Scottish Government is to exempt transactions of six or more homes from the additional LBTT surcharge.

Published 25 February 2016

Panel revealed for independent planning review

The members of an independent panel set up to carry out a “game-changing review” of Scotland’s planning system have been announced by social justice secretary Alex Neil.

Published 18 September 2015

Rent control plans ‘threaten Scotland’s burgeoning PRS market’

Plans to introduce a power for local rent controls in ‘high-pressure’ rental areas in Scotland could deter investment in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) and curtail much-needed housing supply, according to the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

Published 2 September 2015