Communities across Scotland have been recognised at the Scottish Government’s relaunched Scottish Planning Innovation Awards (SPIA).

The overall winner was Planning Aid Scotland Live Life Morvern initiative, a community plan of action which pulls together local resources and ideas to build a sustainable future for the area.

Sustaining Rural Architecture

Rural Scotland is a charged landscape, alive with history and doused in myth. For city dwellers the countryside is a retreat for refuge and decompression, but it is also a place where infrastructures strain to reach and in which livings must be made.

The countryside is resistant to easy explanation and is thus vulnerable to stereotyping. How do we make meaningful work that responds to landscape and cultures that are diverse and sometimes perplexing, and what does this mean for the profession of architecture?

About Professor John Brennan

Which Trees For Homes?

In “Which Trees For Homes?” SEDA will investigate the long-term effects of land-use decisions on climate change and the timber chain, particularly in relation to affordable homes. This event will involve scientists, landowners, foresters, distributors and housebuilders.

A  new scheme from the King’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (KLTR) will empower communities across Scotland to take over ownerless land and buildings, providing community assets where they are most needed. 

There is still tme to take part in the Proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill: Consultation, which closes on the 8 March 2024.

Legislation enabling councils to increase their affordable housing stock without having to pay a tax on additional properties has been introduced in the Scottish Parliament.

A first-of-its-kind system in the UK is being trialled in Edinburgh to see if waste heat from a large computing facility can be stored in disused mine workings and used to warm homes.

Rural Housing Scotland "Rural Futures, Rural Solutions" Conference 2024 – MacDonald Aviemore Resort

Rural Housing Scotland is a Scottish Charity which works to deliver sustainable rural development through community action and affordable housing development. They provide practical support and advice to guide communities who want to tackle their housing need. They also campaign for the government to deliver more affordable housing in rural Scotland and to recognise rural housing need. They provide expert knowledge, through decades of working with rural communities, to help shape policy and to amplify rural voices.

Over the past year 35 crofters and their families have received grant funding totalling over £1 million to build and improve their homes.

A consultation has been launched by the Scottish Government into make new laws around the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings and the way we heat those buildings.