Task force demands more house building

The Scottish Government's housing supply task force has insisted that action is needed to speed up house building in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The region was put under the spotlight last week at the task force's second meeting. Members heard from the Edinburgh and Lothians structure plan joint liaison committee about how planning authorities intend to meet demand. But house builders set out the difficulties they face in securing consent for new sites.

Communities and sport minister Stewart Maxwell, who chaired the meeting, commented: "There is undoubtedly a shortage of housing of all types across the Edinburgh area and I want to see more done to speed up construction of homes in the Lothians.

"I expect to see those with the responsibility for delivering new homes in this area provide reassurances that all the stops really are being pulled out."

At its next meeting, the task force is due to examine housing supply issues in rural areas.

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