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Opportunities Mapping

In these challenging economic times justifying the allocation of scarce resources has never been more important, and prioritisation based on robust and defensible evidence is key to ensuring value for money.

Since 2010 the Partnership has been working with the Clydeplan Strategic Development Planning Authority and partner local authorities to provide an evidence base on which to develop Green Network policies for Main Issue Reports, Development Plans and Supplementary Guidance, and to justify the targeting of resources.

The approach the Partnership has developed to provide this evidence is called Green Network Opportunities Mapping.

It uses Graphic Information Systems (GIS) to map priority areas for expansion of the Green Network for the benefit of people and wildlife and identifies correlations between the priorities and opportunities for delivery such as new development and publicly owned and managed land. Where the correlation is significant the locations are identified as Green Network Strategic Delivery Areas (SDA).

Most recently the analysis has been applied to the identification of regional SDAs for the second Glasgow and Clyde Valley (GCV) Strategic Development Plan (SDP). The output generated for SDP2 has identified 16 strategic locations across the city region where the opportunity exists to deliver multiple Green Network benefits.

SDP2 GN Analysis

The analysis compared regional Green Network priorities with opportunities for delivery. These were represented by the following datasets:

Green Network priorities

  1. Access to open space priorities- based on GIS network analysis carried out in-house;
  2. Habitat creation priorities - based on SNH’s interpretation of the Integrated Habitat Network model;
  3. Health and well-being – dataset created by the Partnership from health data on strokes, heart disease and mental health
  4. Climate Change Adaptation – Dataset created by the Partnership from SEPA Flood Risk and Air quality data and overheating data produced by Glasgow Caledonian University


Green Network delivery opportunities

  1. Land use change - areas of known future development and regeneration
  2. Vacant and Derelict Land – based on the Scottish Government Vacant and Derelict Land Register
  3. Underforming open space - based on local authority open space audits;

Images showing outputs for each of the 4 Green Network priorities and the 16 Strategic Delivery Areas can be viewed in the gallery below.

The opportunities mapping methodology, first developed for the first GCV SDP, has been refined for SDP2 using additional and improved data. More information on development of the approach can be found here >>

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