Located just 3 miles from Glasgow, the Gartloch Gartcosh area includes a number of significant natural and cultural heritage assets. Nevertheless, the communities surrounding Gartloch Gartcosh have been identified as areas of multiple deprivation. Both Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire councils have sought to address the issues associated with deprivation through programmes of regeneration which focus on housing renewal and socio-economic development. However, the councils also recognise the need to protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage assets of the area as part of the regeneration process.
In October 2010 the Gartloch Gartcosh SDP commissioned Collective Architecture to devise a Vision and Masterplan for the Gartloch Gartcosh area (CSGN024). This aim of this project was to develop detailed proposals and a costed action plan for the creation and management of a wetland park in the area.
In September 2011 a consultation draft was published and from September 2011 to February 2012 a communication and stakeholder engagement project sought to gather feedback from a wide range of stakeholders (CSGN230).
The communication and stakeholder engagement project raised a number of concerns about the boundary of the proposed boundary of the wetland park. Therefore, a second consultation, focussing specifically on the park boundary and targeting landowners and developers was carried out between August and November 2012.
Taking into consideration the views expressed in the consultation process, a revised draft was developed. This was issued to the project partners for comment in December 2012 and a final draft Vision and Masterplan was published in March 2013.
As a result of this consultation process, communication links with landowners and developers were established. This enabled early dialogue and information sharing on the relationship between development and the protection and enhancement of green networks.
At almost 20 sq km the Seven Lochs Wetland Park will be the largest urban nature park in Scotland, easily accessible by road and rail to people across the central belt. The Seven Lochs Wetland Park can help develop and demonstrate best practice in;
Preparation of the Vision and Masterplan has supported successful funding applications to Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Rural Development Programme, Creative Scotland and SEPA. It was also a major element in the preparation of a first round Heritage Lottery Fund application for the 'Seven Lochs Heritage Project'.
The masterplan also directly led to a new study to develop detailed green network / green infrastructure plans for two areas within the wetland park. These plans focus on integrating existing communities and new developments into the wetland park. The plans also support and inform the integration of multi-functional green infrastructure and innovative surface water management / Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems into masterplans for the new development.
The recommendations made in the Vision and Masterplan have been carried forward and the project has received further CSGN funding to aid the implementation of these recommendation (CSGN616).
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