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National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 The publication of the Scottish Government's National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (NPF 2) set out a vision for Scotland's development to 2030



The publication in June 2009 of NPF 2

Six of these national developments have

place and environmental quality as set

is an important contextual element

significant implications for the GCVSDPA

out in their current joint structure plan

in the development of the inaugural


is reinforced by NPF 2. This aspect is

Strategic Development Plan (SDP) by the GCVSDPA for submission to the

reflected strongly in the designation of • Central Scotland Green Network;

Scottish Ministers in 2011.

the Central Scotland Green Network as a national development, building upon

• High speed rail links to London -

the joint authorities’ initiative in 2000 of

NPF 2 builds upon its 2004 predecessor

Project 24 of the Scottish Government’s

the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Green

and sets out the Scottish Government’s

Strategic Transport Projects Review


strategic development direction, in


particular, its infrastructure priorities which underpin its economic strategy and associated social and environmental aims.

Similarly, NPF 2’s stress on key • West of Scotland strategic rail enhancements;

infrastructural investments - transport, drainage and power - brings powerful reinforcement to the joint authorities’

A strong emphasis in the document on the

• Strategic airport enhancements for

strategic priorities and the long-term

importance of place provides key support

access - Glasgow International Airport

regeneration and development of the

for the Glasgow metropolitan area and the

at Abbotsinch and land between Paisley

Glasgow metropolitan area.

strategic development strategy of the eight

St James Station and the airport;

joint metropolitan authorities. The Clyde Corridor flagship initiative is recognised in NPF 2 as a national regeneration priority.

The GCVSDPA’s SDP will build upon the • Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Scheme; and

strategic priorities set out by the Scottish Government in NPF 2 and will continue the joint authorities’ strong focus on long-term

Additionally, NPF 2 identifies fourteen national developments with the potential

• 2014 Commonwealth Games facilities.

vision and strategy with the identification of clear strategic development priorities.

to support the Scottish economy and increase sustainable economic growth

NPF 2 highlights Edinburgh and Glasgow

well into the future.

as Scotland’s principal centres of business and culture and as Scotland’s key

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international gateways. It is particularly welcome to the GCVSDPA and its constituent authorities that their focus on Publications/2009/07/02105627/0

Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Plan update One of the key national developments in the recently published National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 is the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Plan

The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic

The Partnership’s overarching aim

The PMO comprises a small team of

Drainage Plan (MGSDP) seeks to

is to provide a holistic approach to

people operating at an overarching level,

upgrade and replace the existing

managing surface water which will

providing programme management

drainage and sewerage infrastructure

not only reduce flood risk and unlock

support and expert technical advice. The

in the Glasgow conurbation, including

development potential but will improve

PMO will facilitate, coordinate and monitor

new water treatment plants and

water quality, allowing residential areas to

the overall delivery of the MGSDP project

associated catchment management

harmonise with the natural landscape and

such as SUDS schemes to help prevent

and flood risk reduction measures.

greenspace areas.

flooding and undertake feasibility studies

Some key early physical Sustainable

and engineering projects which will deliver

The MGSDP is currently a partnership

Urban Drainage Scheme (SUDS) projects

the objectives and benefits of the MGSDP.

of key agencies involved in the water

are currently taking place in Toryglen,

environment, involving SEPA, Scottish

Ruchill and South Dalmarnock.

Water, Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Enterprise,

These projects utilise natural methods

Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration

such as ponds, swales, ponds and

Company, GCVSDPA and the Scottish

wetlands to store water and then


control its release whilst contributing to

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biodiversity and nature conservation.

hard engineering solutions. The protecting

The MGDSP partners have recently

and enhancing the natural environment

procured a programme management

is also a key consideration within every


component of projects.

office in Balmore Road, Glasgow.

The MGSDP is not simply about applying

Futures work update GCVSDPA Futures Group

The Futures work currently being

This body of work is key to the

The next stage, currently on-going, is

undertaken by the GCVSDPA in

development of the inaugural Glasgow

to agree the spatial or geographical

Local Government


association with a wide range of key

and the Clyde Valley Strategic

distribution of development associated


Scottish Water

partners and stakeholders (see panel)

Development Plan.

with these stories, so that as a group,

and its eight constituent local authorities:


the Futures Group understands the

has progressed significantly over the last few months with completion

The the new planning system supports

physical and investment ramifications for

of some of the critical stages of the

the GCV model of looking long, being

the future associated with such visions of


visionary and strategic about the future.

the long-term future.

Uncertainty is inherent in the future and the longer the view, the more uncertain

This Futures work does not seek to

East Dunbartonshire East Renfrewshire Glasgow City Inverclyde North Lanarkshire Renfrewshire South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire

Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH)

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)

Glasgow University Business School

the future. Futures work, with its story

prescribe a given development vision

base and scenario approaches, provides

for 2035 which the Authority and its

a vehicle for visualising uncertain future

partners will aim to deliver. Instead,

circumstances based on an analysis

it has created a framework against

Department of the Built Environment

of critical uncertainties. At the same

which the continuing development and

Transport Scotland

time, it provides a basis for developing

investment priorities, such as those set

consensus about the future; hence the

out in the NPF 2 and the joint authorities’

Scottish Government Agencies

strong reliance upon working with key

existing strategy of 2006, and the

Scottish Enterprise

partners and stakeholders in this arena.

new strategic development proposals

Forestry Commission Scotland

and priorities emerging as part of the

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

The GCVSDPA Futures Group has

inaugural SDP can be tested in terms of

created four stories of the future for the

the core Scottish Government and the

Glasgow metropolitan area in the period

GCVSDPA’s principles of sustainable

to 2035 based upon the uncertainty

economic growth, carbon reduction and

associated with resource availability and

environmental quality.

Visit Scotland BAA

University Advisor

Scottish Government

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

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intervention capability. These stories are plausible, distinct and challenging and

The Futures work will form an important

provide a framework for visualising the

part of evolving the Main Issues Report

development of the metropolitan area

of the SDP due for publication in

over the next twenty-five years and its

September 2010. or contact Joe Scott, Information Analyst email


Industry and Business Issues Report publication and consultation June 2009 saw the publication of the GCVSDPA Industry and Business Issues Report 2009

The Industry and Business Issues

The Issues Report will also allow an

Report 2009 which invited views on

opportunity to undertake a fundamental

the main issues which could have

reassessment of the approach and

implications for the future of industry

associated policies contained in the

and business land in the Glasgow and

current Structure Plan; assess what is still

Clyde Valley area.

strategically important and determine if the current competitive economic framework

Responses to the Issues Report will

is still relevant, given the recent significant

assist the GCVSDPA set out its strategic

shifts in global and national economic

approach for industry and business for

structures since 2008.

inclusion in the Main Issues Report in 2010.

The Report has been circulated to over one hundred organisations and interested

The Industry and Business Issues Report


sets out twenty questions covering eight key themes and has been worded so as

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to elicit stakeholders’ opinions on a wide variety of possible approaches to future industry and business policy. Publications/2009/07/02105627/0

GCVSDPA Joint Committee news At its meeting held on 8 June 2009 the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Authority Joint Committee re-elected both Councillor Graham Scott, South Lanarkshire Council as Convenor and Councillor Harry Curran of North Lanarkshire Council as Vice Convenor for a further two-year term. The Joint Committee also welcomed back Councillor Jackie Green of Renfrewshire Council, who will be replacing Councillor Bruce McFee.

GCVSDPA Convenor Councillor Graham Scott, South Lanarkshire Council

Timetable change to Development Plan Scheme and Main Issues Report The Joint Committee meeting on 8 June 2009 agreed that its Development Pan Scheme (DPS) would be revised with the Main Issues Report now being published in September 2010 rather than in March 2010. This comes about as a result of the significant technical work involved in preparing the Housing Need and Demand Assessment, as required by the Scottish Government as part of the new planning system in Scotland,

GCVSDPA Vice-convenor Councillor Harry Curran, North Lanarkshire Council

Councillor Jackie Green, Renfrewshire Council

Key stakeholder meetings A number of meetings have been held during the second quarter of 2009 with key agencies and stakeholders as part of the process of developing the Strategic Development Plan. These meetings have included BAA, Planning Aid, Scottish Government Department of the Built Environment and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. In addition the GCVSDPA have held meetings with professional planners from Australia, Sweden, Korea, Portugal, Finland and Brazil.

The remainder of the Strategic Development Plan timetable remains unaltered.

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The next scheduled meetings of the GCVSDPA Joint Committee will be held on

Monday 7 September North Lanarkshire Council

Monday 7 December East Renfrewshire Council

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Planning Authority Lower Ground Floor, 125 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 2SA telephone  0141 229 7742  fax  0141 221 4518  email  web

GCVSDPA Newsletter Summer 2009  

GCVSDPA Newsletter Summer 2009

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