Environmental quality and sense of place can be undermined by Vacant and Derelict Land and abandoned and stalled land. The GCV's industrial past and stalled regeneration has resulted in hundreds of sites which impact negatively on communities, often those already struggling with social deprivation.
One potential and cost effective solution to that environmental blight was the creation of new urban woodland delivering enhanced ecological connectivity, recreational opportunity and visual appeal.
The Partnership had applied the approach developed for Green Network Opportunities Mapping to the identification of VDL sites which presented the opportunity for woodland creation and delivery of multiple benefits to those most in need.
The analysis considered:
- VDL Register of the GCV (2013)
- Scottish Indices of Multiple Deprivation (2012)
- Integrated Habitat Network Model and Habitat Priorities Modelling
- WIAT Challenge Priority Areas
- Green Network Priorities Mapping (SDP and GCV LDPs)
- Flood Risk Mapping (SEPA, 2012)
- Population living within 1km of the site
- Proximity, type and quality of greenspace within 1km of the site
The outputs from the study provided Forestry Commission Scotland with a framework for proactively targeting land owners and managers. The Partnership has also applied the approach to a selection Scottish Enterprise land holdings which have stalled and/or are unlikely to be developed out. The land holdings were analysed in the context of the same datasets detailed above and a report produced setting out the findings and making recommendations for each site.
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