The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

South Ayrshire Council housing summit to build on positive reception

A housing summit, aimed at exploring new and innovative ways of building new houses in South Ayrshire has received a positive reception from over 20 sector leaders who attended.
[Pictured: Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council.]
House builders, planners, representative bodies, housing associations, local politicians and officials, community planning partners and a representative of the Scottish Government all came along to the event to consider ideas for partnership working to maximise building opportunities.
The Summit also considered how the Council might work differently with other sectors, including the private sector, to expand on the multi-million pound investment the local authority is already making in public housing up to 2018 and beyond.
Councillor McIntosh said: “Meeting housing need in our area as the economy and financial outlook becomes increasingly challenging is a key priority for us and is something we will be exploring vigorously with key partners.
“We’re determined to provide high-quality, affordable and flexible homes for families in South Ayrshire as a key part of driving wealth creation and employment opportunities for our residents.
“The summit offered an excellent way for different parties to come forward and put their ideas, plans and ambitions on the table in order to look at future demand and how best we can all meet the diverse needs of the community.
“I am pleased that the positive outcome from this initial event has created a desire among the delegates for further joint work to be explored and I’m confident we will be able to build on this superb first step with another similar summit very soon.”
Delegates who attended the summit were:
Councillor Bill McIntosh, South Ayrshire Council
Councillor Philip Saxton, South Ayrshire Council
Eileen Howat, Acting Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council
Kenneth Leinster, Head of Community Care & Housing, South Ayrshire Council
David Burns, Acting Manager - Strategic Service Planning, South Ayrshire Council
Heather Anderson, Acting Manager – Housing Development, South Ayrshire Council
Chris Cox, Planning Manager, South Ayrshire Council
David Bell, Managing Director, Ayr Renaissance
Iain Gairns, Head of Property Services, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Jim Whiston, Director, Ayrshire Housing Paul Torrance, Chairman, Ayrshire Housing
Joe Dewar, Business Development Manager, Link Group
Kenneth Shepherd, Development Officer, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Ltd 
Alex Grassie, Development Manager, West of Scotland Housing Association
Ian Hope, Hope Homes (Scotland) Limited
David Jewell, Strategic Planning Manager, Mactaggart and Mickel Group Limited
Garry Milne, Land Director, Central Scotland, Stewart Milne Group
Gavin Loudon, Area Director, Stewart Milne Group
Ruth King, Senior Consultant, Geddes Consulting
Philip Hogg, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland
Blair Melville, Head of Planning Strategy, Homes for Scotland
Bill Barron, Housing Supply Team, Scottish Government

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