In 2008, North Lanarkshire Council, with funding from the GCV Green Network Partnership and Scottish Enterprise, commissioned a Green Network Strategy for Ravenscraig.
The Strategy sits alongside the development proposals for the site, setting out the aims for the green infrastructure in the area. The aims of the Green Network Strategy were to:
- prepare a strategy for the long term management of a high quality greenspace across the Ravenscraig area to deliver a range of public benefits and maximise the contribution of the area to the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network;
- develop tools for use in the development planning process, making greenspace a key driver for promoting quality development and contributing to the place making agenda
- identification of models for the long term sustainable management of the Ravenscraig Green Network, delivering maximum benefits for investors in Ravenscraig and local communities.
The Strategy provides recommendations which offer an opportunity to develop best practice in sustainable urban development at a nationally significant site through:
- A network of walking and cycling routes for local travel with access to a number of major leisure and environmental sites
- A park environment in the new town providing a focal point with access to and between local communities
- Development of a water feature to protect and enhance conservation interests
- Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) to provide landscape, biodiversity and amenity benefits
- A Community Nature Park providing a significant recreation source
- Exploration of innovative approaches to sustainable long-term management of greenspace
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