Since 2010, just 464,000 new affordable homes have been delivered in the UK. This is a long way off the Government’s aim to build 300,000 new homes per year by the middle of this decade. In Scotland, the aim was to develop 50,000 new affordable homes by March 2021 but due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak this target will not be met. The next Scottish Government, elected in May, will set a target for new affordable homes over the next Parliament (2021–2026). With these figures in mind, how are social housing plans for development shaping up in 2021?
In our annual Health of the Sector survey, we asked 104 social housing leaders about their development programmes – and how they intend to fund them.
Here’s what they told us about their building plans, and the role that government policy and access to funding will play.
What would be the most significant factors affecting the size of future development programmes?