Opportunities Mapping


For Development Plans

One of the main ways in which the Green Network should be delivered is through the planning process.

For this to happen effectively planners need robust and defensible information on which they can base Green Network decision making. The Partnership is providing that evidence base through analysis for the Clydeplan Strategic Development Planning Authority and the production of Opportunities Mapping Reports for each of the GCV local authorities.

SDP spatial map

The Green Network Opportunities Mapping approach was developed for the first GCV Strategic Development Plan (SDP) and used GIS based analysis to identify areas of correlation between four data layers. These were:

  1. Open space and core paths - based on Greenspace Scotland's typologies of open space map, local authority open space audits, and core path plans;
  2. Habitat creation priorities - based on the Integrated Habitat Network model;
  3. Access enhancement priorities - based on a new GIS model developed for the purpose, Networks for People;
  4. Land use change - areas of known future development and regeneration

Areas of correlation between the data layers represent geographical locations where the opportunity exists to deliver multiple Green Network benefits through the planning system or the targeting of resources. 14 were identified for the first GCV SDP.

The value of applying the approach to identifying spatial priorities at a local authority scale was recognised by our partners and in response the Partnership has worked with all eight of the GCV councils to undertake local Opportunities Mapping analysis. The analysis, and subsequent reports detailing the findings, were tailored to the specific requirements of each authority.

 OM access with poor space               

The Opportunities Mapping approach has proven to be extremely beneficial to planners and has been extensively used to:

  • inform the development of Main Issues Reports
  • produce Local Development Plan policies
  • inform Supplementary Guidance
  • prioritise delivery of the Green Network in their areas.

Inverclyde Green Network OM

Since SDP1 and the production of the local authority reports, thinking has developed on the range of benefits the Green Network can deliver on a range of agendas. The Partnership has also developed and acquired new and better quality data. To reflect both of these developments the recently completed analysis for SDP2 has used new and additional data layers which are outlined in the introduction section >>

About our Partners

The GCV Green Network Partnership was formed in June 2007, and brings together the region’s eight local authorities as well as Forestry Commission Scotland, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Each partner is represented at senior level on the Partnership Board.

Need to know more?

t: 0141 229 7746e: enquiries@gcvgreennetwork.gov.ukGCV Green Network Partnership, 125 Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2SA

  • North Lanarkshire Council

  • wdc

    West Dunbartonshire Council

  • Glasgow City Council

  • South Lanarkshire Council

  • Scottish Natural Heritage

  • Glasgow Centre of Population Health

  • Renfrewshire Council

  • East Renfrewshire Council

  • Inverclyde Council

  • Forestry Commision

  • Scottish Enterprise

  • East Dunbartonshire Council

  • sepalogo1

    Scottish Environment Protection Agency

  • Clydeplan