Fuel-poor households are to benefit from a further £16 million investment to improve energy efficiency in their homes.

The money will be used to improve insulation and install energy efficient heating systems, including those using renewable technology, contributing to Scotland’s net zero targets and helping to meet a key Programme for Government commitment.

Construction work is underway on a £1.6million housing, health and economic project in Skye.

The eagerly-awaited site start in Stenscholl, Staffin by island-based James MacQueen Builders comes 21 years after the last affordable housing development opened in the north-east Skye community.

The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company (DACIC) has become the new owner of the former Dornoch Police Station following a successful Asset Transfer Request from Police Scotland.

The transfer which included a 5% discount from market valuation in acknowledgement of the significant community benefit that will ensue from the community ownership of the building. The acquisition was funded by the Scottish Land Fund.

The Scottish Land Fund has awarded £1,586,398 to 11 community ownership projects.

A community development company on the island of Colonsay, population 135, has been awarded £390,000 to buy land to build affordable housing and to create a site for affordable business units. The money will be used to buy two areas of land around the settlement of Scalasaig as part of a project to build homes for island residents.

The Scottish Government has started early engagement on the development of Scotland's fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).

The National Planning Framework is a long term plan for development and investment across Scotland.

An upcoming Scottish Rural Action conference will kick start a 'rural movement' to make rural Scotland's voice heard.

Representatives from rural Scotland's communities, businesses and organisations are invited to attend the free event taking place from 26 to 27 February at New Lanark Visitor Centre, the renowned world heritage site.

Housing to 2040 Consultation – Stakeholder Engagement Event (Jura)

Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland are hosting a stakeholder engagement event bringing together a wide range of interests as part of their consultation process.

Rural Housing Scotland conference 2020: A Vision for Rural Scotland

In addition to the main conference programme on Friday 28 February, Rural Housing Scotland (RHS) are celebrating their 20th birthday by bringing delegates an extended pre-conference programme on 27 February including conference dinner and drinks, a community-led housing workshop, a community learning exchange and the RHS AGM.

Conference sessions include depopulation/repopulation, climate and housing, land for housing and more.  

Please note above timings are not confirmed and will be confirmed once the programme has been published.

Present Voices - Future Lives: Housing 2040 exhibition

The Scottish Government is committed to plan together with stakeholders for how our homes and communities should look and feel by 2040. To support the Scottish Government’s wider engagement on Housing to 2040, a travelling exhibition - curated and designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and Collective Architecture - will be visiting 12 locations across Scotland between 4 November and 16 December.

An interactive housing exhibition will tour Scotland this November and December gathering views from local communities on housing for today, tomorrow and beyond.

The Scottish Government has begun to consider how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040 and the options and choices to achieve this.