The Commission on Housing and Wellbing has been charged with considering the relationship between housing and wellbeing for the people of Scotland in the second decade of the 21st century. It has also been asked to consider and recommend national housing priorities and policies to foster and sustain wellbeing for all the people of Scotland.
The Alliance responded to the consultation, which we found does a good job of joining up the various aspects of housing and its role in society. It provides some refreshing ideas and lateral thinking on how housing in the round could be improved for the benefit of Scottish society.
We are pleased to see that the issue of energy performance appears in under the headings of health and environmental sustainability, and that the wider aspects of sustainability are highlighted – eg the location of housing near to services, schools and public transport. This joining up of good planning and good design are essential to reducing the environmental impact while at the same time making these homes pleasant to live in. It should also be noted that an energy efficient home is a more affordable one.
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