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.
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:
- Open space and core paths - based on Greenspace Scotland's typologies of open space map, local authority open space audits, and core path plans;
- Habitat creation priorities - based on the Integrated Habitat Network model;
- Access enhancement priorities - based on a new GIS model developed for the purpose, Networks for People;
- 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.
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.
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 >>
Mapping for the GCVGN