Development & Housing

We are attracting investment into Scotland’s towns, cities and communities to deliver housing, improve public service delivery, secure economic benefits, and contribute to Scotland’s net zero carbon target.

Enabling Strategic Housing Sites

SFT is committed to working closely with partners and key stakeholders to progress strategic residential sites across Scotland in order to unlock the delivery of housing, produce positive economic outcomes and create better places.  

In selecting sites to work on, SFT seeks sites that: 

  • Are of strategic importance and are aligned with local, city-region (where relevant) and national policy objectives
  • Deliver wider outcomes beyond housing
  • Face challenges to delivery that have the potential to be overcome with targeted resources
  • Present an opportunity to implement the Place Principle

Examples of the solutions that SFT has developed, or are in the process of developing, in collaboration with partners are: 

  • A bespoke guarantee that unlocked the funding for a secondary school at a strategic housing site at Winchburgh, West Lothian
  • Exploring ways to bridge the gap between local authorities forward funding enabling infrastructure and developer contributions being paid
  • Local authorities taking a more direct delivery role for housing across all tenures to move land in their ownership forward to delivery
  • Using innovative funding mechanisms for affordable housing to unlock sites