Date lodged: 21 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what role it believes cooperative housing plays in providing appropriate accommodation for older people; whether specific provisions for such housing will be made in the next update of the National Planning Framework; how local authorities can support aspirations for such initiatives, and what support it offers to councils to help them to do so.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 10 January 2018
The Scottish Government is keen to encourage self and custom build housing in Scotland and to encourage alternative house building models including options like cooperative housing. However, it is the responsibility of local authorities to determine the appropriate housing required in their areas, based on the findings from their Housing Need and Demand Assessment and Local Housing Strategy policies. We encourage local authorities to consider all types of delivery models to provide a wide range of housing types to suit the needs of people of all ages. Housing is also addressed in current planning policy documents and we are committed to reviewing the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy, including their role in supporting housing development.