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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09459: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 25 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how (a) house prices and (b) rental costs in national park areas compare with other rural areas.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 June 2017

The Scottish Government estimate average house prices and rents in the Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) Tool. This assists Local and Planning Authorities and National Parks to estimate housing need and demand over the next 20 years. The Tool provides results for different size areas including Strategic Development Plan Authorities, Local Authorities and National Parks and Housing Market Areas.

The Tool provides the following estimates of house prices and rents as at 2016:

  • Cairngorms National Park – median house price £218K, median weekly rent £135.

  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park - median house price £245K, median weekly rent £121

These estimates are based on Registers of Scotland and Rent Service Scotland data as at 2012, which are then projected forward. The HNDA Tool will be updated with the latest house price and rent data in Summer 2017.

The Tool can only provide estimates of house prices and rents for four geographies shown above. it is not designed to produce outputs based on rural or urban geographies although the available geographies may be of interest. The Tool is available on the Scottish Government website at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/supply-demand/chma/hnda. A short user instruction is also available.