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Enjoy The View

Enjoy The View

We all know how easy it can be to get caught up in the day to day.  To lose sight of the bigger picture.  To forget to take time to recognise and mark our achievements.

At this year’s Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch and Awards, Chief Executive Nicola Barclay used the clever analogy of a favourite family hill walk to illustrate the point. Running the gauntlet of development plan reviews, community consultations, satisfying planning conditions. Cajoling roads officials and utility providers. Satisfying building standards and energy efficiency requirements. It sometimes feels like you will never make it to the top of the hill. Exhaustion sets in. But, the view from the summit is worth it and it’s important to take time to pause, celebrate and enjoy it.

The Annual Lunch provided the ideal opportunity for those involved in the home building industry, whether they be home builders, landowners, civil servants or advisors, to look back, celebrate their accomplishments and enjoy the company of friends. We were assisted in that task throughout the day by Tim Vine, whose fast paced quips such as “Velcro? What a rip off!” brought laughter and groans in equal measure, but importantly provided the perfect talking point to get the conversation flowing.

We congratulate all of the winners on their fantastic successes:

Private Development of the Year – Large: Stewart Milne Homes Central Scotland;

Private Development of the Year – Medium: CALA Homes (East);

Private Development of the Year – Small: Whiteburn Projects;

Affordable Housing Development of the Year: Lovell Partnerships/West Lothian Council;

Family Home of the Year: Miller Homes;

Supporting Organisation of the Year: Registers of Scotland; and

Home Builder of the Year: Barratt.

As ever there are further peaks to climb, with the political outlook still in flux, increases in planning fees and LBTT rates continuing to subdue the market. But the homebuilding sector has proved its resilience through very challenging times since the financial crisis. The view for the industry going forward looks good. This week is New Homes Week 2017 when the achievements of the sector and benefits of buying new build will be further highlighted. The industry can stride forward with confidence.

Burness Paull was pleased to sponsor Homes for Scotland’s Annual Lunch and Awards for a fourth year. We look forward to pausing once again at next year’s event, no doubt trading tales of blisters and sprains picked up along the way, but marking the successes that are sure to come in the year ahead.

John Strachan

Burness admin