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A Bold Vision for Green Infrastructure

MORE than a thousand new homes are to be created on a green field release site at Maidenhill, close to Newton Mearns, in one of the most innovative developments seen in Scotland for many years.
 
Indicative Artists ImpressiA radical new approach, some 25 years in the making, will be put into practice, bringing urban life to green spaces with the aim of integrating the two and enhancing both the landscape and quality of life of the community.
 
Some 450 new homes will be created by 2025, and another 620 will follow. Over time, the area will be served by community facilities such as schools and places of worship, shops and useable open space.
 
At the heart of the plans is the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership’s Integrating Green Infrastructure (IGI) approach, which has ensured planners and developers considered all environmental impacts from the very start of the design process. This philosophy will continue until the final brick is laid and the last tree planted.

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Ambitious Plan for 'delivery blueprint'

The GCV Green Network Partnership are setting their sights on creating a comprehensive delivery blueprint for the Glasgow Clyde Valley area.

emscher park imageThis bold master plan will reflect similar plans for the Emscher Landscape Park (photo right) in the Ruhr valley of Germany where strategic sites were identified which link up and out across the whole region.

For Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, the first step in the process will be the testing of the ‘blueprint’ approach through the development of a local-authority wide Green Network Strategy.

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Green Network still vital to Clydeplan

Clydeplan will replace the current GCV Strategic Development Plan next year. The Green Network will continue to feature as a key component of this strategic city region plan.

Clydeplan-logoTo ensure resources and effort are targeted effectively the Partnership has undertaken GIS based opportunities mapping analysis to identify regional Green Network priorities or “Strategic Delivery Areas (SDA)”.

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The rise of the Green Network agenda

Fergus MacLeod has represented Inverclyde Council on the GCVGNP Board for the past five years. As Fergus’s article elaborates his engagement with the Green Network agenda has grown during that time leading to Partnership commissioned studies now being embedded in Inverclyde’s Local Development Plan. Fergus will shortly retire from the council and so his time on the Partnership Board has come to an end. He leaves as an advocate for Green Network thinking. We thank him for his contribution to the work of the Partnership and wish him well for the future.

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ERC 'Green Network' development receives commendation

East Renfrewshire Council have been commended at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning in the 'Development Plans' category. ERC were one of 12 projects given a Commendation at the prestigious awards event held in Edinburgh on 5th November.

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The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning recognise the commitment, actions and achievements of Scottish planners from delivering strategic visions to development on the ground. This year categories were: Development Plans; Development Management; Development on the Ground; Delivering in Partnership; Community Involvement; and Quality of Service.

East Renfrewshire Council’s Maidenhill Development Framework, which is a large scale residential development, has the Green Network and Green Infrastructure as central components of its Masterplan and Design Guidance.

Councillor Tony Buchanan, Convener for Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth from East Renfrewshire Council, said “We are delighted with this Commendation, it proves how innovative and well-received the Proposed Local Development Plan at Maidenhill has been.  Through an Integrated Green Network approach to masterplanning this project can potentially become an exemplar of Green Infrastructure Integration at Masterplan level.

“Winning a Commendation is a tremendous honour and demonstrates how robust our commitment to development of the overall Vision of the Central Scotland Green Network is.  Our work with the GCV Green Network Partnership at the early stages of this project will deliver demonstrable benefits to existing communities, developers, land owners and the wider environment through creation of a Better Place.

To learn more about the Partnership’s Integrating Green Infrastructure approach click here>>

To view ERC’s Maidenhill Masterplan and Development Framework, click here >>

 

* Picture from left to right: Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning; Gillian McCarney, Planning and Building Standards Manager, East Renfrewshire Council; Julie Nicol, Principal Planner, East Renfrewshire Council; Anne McAleer, Senior Planner, East Renfrewshire Council