The Scottish Government Policy:

The Audit Scotland report, Housing in Scotland notes that Scotland needs 21,230 additional homes each year between 2011 and 2035 to meet the projected 21 per cent increase in households to 2.9 million. This is more than half a million more homes over 25 years.

The Scottish Government's strategy and action plan for housing, Homes Fit for the 21st Century, published February 2011 clearly states that "Scotland Needs More Homes" and outlines the Government's vision for the next decade if it is to meet its target of 6,000 new homes each year.

Some of the essential elements of the plan are as follows:

"We will make a decisive change in the way we support new developments, using Government funding to lever in the maximum possible investment from other sources. We will support local innovation by encouraging a wide range of pilots to address supply and other challenges".

"We will develop a Strategy for Sustainable Housing in Scotland to put people at the heart of how we create sustainable communities for the long-term and meet our climate change targets".

"We will promote excellence in the design of new housing which contributes to the creation of sustainable places and neighbourhoods which are low carbon and energy efficient, and provide a safe and stimulating environment for young people to grow up in".

Each of these elements are also essential to ILI's strategic policy as we endeavour to help build eco-friendly, well designed and affordable homes, which will in turn create communities that will improve standards of living and benefit the local economy.