Local housing strategy

Our communities of practice are a group of like minded professionals that work (or have an interest in) an area of housing practice.

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The Local Housing Strategy (LHS) Forum supports local authority staff responsible for strategic planning to meet housing needs. This community of practice will be particularly relevant to officers and teams involved in preparing and implementing strategic plans, including Housing Need and Demand Assessments (HNDAs), Local Housing Strategies (LHSs), Strategic Housing Investment Plans (SHIPs) and Housing Contribution Statements (HCSs).  

This community of practice covers a wide and varied range of topics related to Housing Policy and Strategy, and is about highlighting common issues, sharing good practice and discussing the national strategic direction of travel. This community of practice will aim to provide you with useful examples from across the country, highlight new research, funding sources and projects, and provide an opportunity to learn from each other.  Representatives from both the Scottish Government’s More Homes division and Centre for Housing Market Analysis attend these forums to provide support to members working in this area.   

Who is it for

The group is for local authority officers with an interest in Housing Policy and Strategy and meets quarterly.

Key Content


Best practice in preparing HNDAs


Local Housing Strategy development, including consultation with stakeholders


Setting Housing Supply Targets including Wheelchair Accessible Housing Targets


Strategic Housing Investment Plans (SHIPs)


Developing other associated plans, e.g. on homelessness, health and social care or energy performance


Working with other stakeholders to implement the LHS


Examples of research and projects focussed on strategic approaches to housing need and improving housing outcomes

Forthcoming Events

Sustainability in Social Housing

The Sustainability in Social Housing Conference provides an opportunity for housing professionals to hear from experts, gain skills and exchange ideas in how to deliver sustainability in social housing.
24th - 24th Mar 2023
09:00 - 15:00
COSLA Conference Centre, Haymarket Yards Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Latest News

Wheelchair Accessible Housing Targets – A review of local authority SHIPs, 2023-2028

Scotland's Housing Network has today published a review of local authority Strategic Housing Investment Plans for the period 2023-2028, looking particularly at Wheelchair Accessible Housing Targets.

Climate Change and Your Home Report Launched

Scotland’s Housing Network and the Tenants Information Service (TIS) have undertaken a consultation with social housing tenants across Scotland.

Publications and reports

Member Query – Consultation with LGBTQIA+ Communities – February 2023

Responses received to a member query on consulation with LGBTQIA+ Communities in housing policy and strategy development.

SHN Presentation on Wheelchair Accessible Housing Targets, 2023-2028 – LHS Forum – February 2023

Presentation by Ross Morris (Scotland's Housing Network) on local authorities' most recent round of SHIPs 2023-2028.

CHMA Specialist Provision Evidence Finder v5.0 – LHS Forum – February 2023

Specialist Provision Evidence Finder produced by CHMA. Version 5.0.

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