In the A&DS submission it is said that:
The most successful countries place high value on their buildings and on the spaces between their buildings. They recognise that good buildings and public spaces enhance the quality of life for both citizens and visitors and provide attractive environments in which to do business.
A&DS recognises that the Committee’s major concern relates to ‘the obstacles preventing people in different parts of rural Scotland from gaining access to appropriate and affordable housing to rent or buy’; however we recommend that the committee also considers the quality of the places that are being created through increasing the supply of affordable housing.
A&DS has been working closely with a number of rural local authorities and housing developers since we were established in 2005. We have reviewed several proposed developments (including proposed new Sustainable Communities) and local authority design guidance.