The GCV Green Network Partnership are setting their sights on creating a comprehensive delivery blueprint for the Glasgow Clyde Valley area.
This 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.
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.
To 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)”.
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.
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.
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
GCV Green Network Partnership
Foreword by Max Hislop
Since the launch of our ‘Seeing the Bigger Picture’ Vision 5 years ago, the Partnership has achieved a great deal particularly with the Green Network now written in to the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 3.
Getting here however, hasn’t been easy. Earlier this year Nigel Hooper retired as Policy and Support Manager for East Dunbartonshire Council and as the Council’s representative on the GCV Green Network Partnership Board.