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S5W-05587: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the report published by the Scottish Affairs Committee following its inquiry into the demography of Scotland and the implications for devolution, how its forthcoming White Paper on planning will (a) address the links between the health and housing needs of the country’s ageing population, (b) ensure that the housing needs of the country’s ageing population, including the need for more retirement housing, will be met across all local authorities and (c) take account of the country’s ageing population.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 10 January 2017

Planning has an important role in promoting strong, resilient and inclusive communities. We want Scotland’s planning system to help deliver more high quality homes and create better places where people can live healthy lives and developers are inspired to invest. Scottish Planning Policy already highlights Ministers’ expectation that local authorities should consider and address any need for specialist housing provision, including for elderly people.

The consultation paper recognises that health and improved quality of life is supported by well designed, functional places. The paper contains our proposals to support the delivery of the homes that people need, now and in the future.