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Scottish housing crisis

Housing chiefs in Scotland have called for a 'culture change' in the planning system to help solve the affordable homes crisis.

This should include a fresh look at building on greenbelt areas.

The Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Communities Committee heard from members of the Housing Supply Task Force.

Housing charity Shelter has called for 30,000 affordable rented homes to be built over the next three years in Scotland.

Brian Gegan, chair of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said that a culture change was needed in the planning system.

'I think its under-resourced and it needs a comprehensive examination of how that culture can be changed-how we can equip and re-engineer it to provide the kind of system that can contribute positively to the affordability crisis,' he said.

'The simple fact is that there is insufficient land being released in the vast majority of Scotland for housing,' he added.