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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13032: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to the introduction of new towns as a means to tackle housing shortages, as recommended by RICS and similar to those announced for England by the UK Government.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 December 2017

New towns are not a new solution – or the only solution. Housing development is needed at all scales – from new communities to redevelopment of vacant sites in settlements. We expect local authorities to take a lead in saying where development should take place based upon local requirements and capacity for growth.

It is the role of local authorities, in consultation with their stakeholders and communities to determine how housing growth will be delivered in its area. It is not for Government to impose new towns on communities but to provide the strategic framework to allow these decisions to be taken and implemented locally.