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Scottish Environment LINK members have launched an e-action to gather support around much needed changes to the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill that will put our communities and the environment first.

The places where we live, work and play matter hugely to our health, wellbeing and identity. The planning system plays a crucial part in determining how we get about, whether we breathe clean air, if we can access the services we need, how our green spaces thrive and how sociable our communities are.

Members of the public are encouraged to support their e-action and help give Scotland the world class planning system it deserves! This is the time to write to your MSPs and ask them to support a planning system that delivers for our communities and the environment!  Support our e-action and let’s make our voices heard!

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A new Planning Bill has been published by the Scottish Government. The new legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart.

Mr Stewart described how the Planning (Scotland) Bill, will create a new structure for a more proactive and enabling system with clearer development plans, earlier engagement with communities, streamlined procedures and smarter resourcing.

The Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year.

Mr Stewart said, “Scotland’s economy needs a world-class planning system. Our planning system must take a strong and confident lead in securing the development of great places that will stand the test of time and this Bill will encourage more people to play an active role in shaping these.”

Two of Renfrewshire Council’s City Deal projects have taken a major step forward with the submission of planning applications for both Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) and Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) projects.

The CWRR project aims to regenerate the Clyde Waterfront as an attractive area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities. This includes a 184 metre, two-lane opening bridge across the River Clyde, linking Meadowside Street in Renfrew with Dock Street in Yoker and accommodating vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. New cycle lanes and connections to existing cycleways and active travel paths, connecting from Inchinnan Road, Renfrew through to Yoker Railway Station.

Authorities in Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow will now consider the details of the CWRR project, with plans for the GAIA project submitted to Renfrewshire planning officials for consideration.

If approved, work on both projects is expected to start on site in 2018 with construction completed in 2020. Further information on the planning applications can be found on the Renfrewshire Council website.

 

The planning application for the proposed Knightswood BMX centre has been submitted to the Council for consideration. This follows on from two consultation events held over the past few months.

The proposed facility will see the creation of the first Olympic standard BMX track in Scotland consisting of 8m and 5m start ramps to accommodate all levels of riders. It is the only new venue being built ahead of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and will complete the city’s portfolio of cycle sport venues as well as increasing the profile of cycling across the country. It’s construction means that young people will be able to learn all four cycling disciplines across the city –  mountain biking at Cathkin Braes, road and track at the Velodrome and BMX at Knightswood Park.

All the documents relating to the planning application can be viewed on the Council’s Online Planning Portal (ref no 17/00440/DC)

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planningconsultationBack in  January Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housin, launched “Places, people and planning: a consultation on the future of planning in Scotland.”  The  and associated research has been published alongside it and the updated participation statement is also now available.

Responses to the consultation should be submitted to Planning and Architecture Division of the Scottish Government by 5pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017.

The consultation paper “Places, people and planning” sets out 20 proposals for change which aim to strengthen the planning system.   The Scottish Government are keen to hear all stakeholders’ views, therefore would be grateful if you could help to raise awareness of the consultation and to encourage your community council to respond.

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knightswoodbmx_centre_consultation_feb17Following on from the first event in January Glasgow Life are holding a pre-planning public consultation event about the proposed Knightswood BMX centre from 6-8pm on Monday 13 February 2017 at Knightswood Community Centre, 201 Alderman Road G13 3DD.

knightswoodbmx_imageUPDATE: you can download the presentation from this consultation event here which includes more detailed site layouts and artists impressions of the BMX centre – knightswoodbmxcentre_pre-planningconsultationpresentation_feb17

The proposed facility will see the creation of the first Olympic standard BMX track in Scotland consisting of 8m and 5m start ramps to accommodate all levels of riders. It is the only new venue being built ahead of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and will complete the city’s portfolio of cycle sport venues as well as increasing the profile of cycling across the country. It’s construction means that young people will be able to learn all four cycling disciplines across the city –  mountain biking at Cathkin Braes, road and track at the Velodrome and BMX at Knightswood Park.

To find out more about the proposed development please come along to the event and speak to representastives from Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Alternatively please contact Julia Lapthorn, the Programme Officer, on knightswoodbmx@glasgow.gov.uk or 0141 287 0993. You can download the poster here knightswoodbmx_centre_consultation_feb17

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byresrdcorners_headerThere’s a new Byres Road coming…funding of £9m has been allocated through the Glasgow City Region Deal to make Byres Road better for people.

There will be a public launch of the Byres Road Corners project on Thursday 23 February at 7pm where we will ask people to re-imagine how the street could be.

The council’s Regeneration and the Economy Committee considered the results of public consultation, which resulted in a number of key findings:

  • Support for full street redesign, with improvements benefiting groups such as cyclists and pedestrians
  • Enhance the pedestrian environment, with improved surfaces, reduced street clutter and pavement seating
  • Safe cycle routes
  • Resources available to allow community involvement in design and programming of events in potential new civic spaces
  • Priority spaces were identified, including Ashton Road car park, Church Street triangle, and corners at Chancellor Street and Great George Street

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