Exemplar return for Local Development Plan (City Plan 3)
Submit by 4pmFriday 27 June
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Google LDP Glasgow, Click Consultation, Click Representation form.
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Complete personal info on form
Under Section 2 click Proposed Development Plan
Under Section 3 enter under “Proposal Number” HO23
Under 4 click bit for objection
Under 5 – Write “Delete Housing Proposal HO23 land at, Sanda/Kelbourne and Clouston St and amend the Glasgow Open Spaces Map to show the land as 6.72 Natural/Semi-natural greenspace – Open semi- natural”.
Then copy and paste the narrative below or (change to suit).Do this by copying the bit below then place your cursor in Section 6, press control and V on your PC to insert in that section.
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Representation Section 6
I object to the area referred to as HO23 being designated for Housing.
1. Scottish Planning Policy under Para 153 of SPP indicates that sites such as this which are either identified or can meet an identified need in open space strategy should suffer protection in a development plan. I (we) believe the site contributes to local amenity and biodiversity and therefore qualifies for protection.
2. Under your Main Issues Report, para 2.9,p.9 (i) “the SDP proposed Plan concludes that the private housing supply across the SDP area is more than sufficient to meet demand.” In addition the CDP itself expresses a strong preference for building on brownfield sites over Greenfield sites eg CDP 2 Sustainable Spatial Strategy on page 34 – utilise brownfield over Greenfield, (ii) p53 Meeting Housing Needs again identifying brownfield opportunities and preference and (iii) Under the Glasgow and Clyde Valley SDP (2012) priority to be given to recycling of urban land by using brownfield HO23 is NOT a brownfield site
3.Brownfield sites available as identified by the City Authority – 4058,4493,2696,4176,2982,4401,4128 constituting considerable opportunity for housing if required but disregarded in breach of policy derivatives.
The redesignation of this site has not suffered appropriate consultation and in support of this the following apply:
It’s a Green Place – natural, health, happiness and well-being supports community sustainability. The numerous environmental awards won by the Children’s Wood Project which give profile to our City ‘the Dear Green Place’ appear to count for nothing
Its a Safer Community- formal and informal groups and individuals sharing information and looking out for each other connecting people of all ages and capacities
Its a place for children- children are currently under duress from obesity, diabetes, asthma, stress and other health and mental health issues. The site (the Meadow and Children’s Wood) provides them with a safe play environment in which they can benefit physically, mentally, emotionally and educationally. Some fourteen schools utilise the site providing the ‘state’ with a resource educationalists value and need. This level of use needs to be factored in to the proposal, not doing so dismisses their informed opinion.
The offices of the Children’s Commissioner for Scotland have expressed interest in visiting the site and the work of the Children’s Project.
Housing –there is sufficient private housing available in the area MIR report para 2.9.p9 already referred to with attendant brownfield sites in abundance. In addition the former BBC site can now host 99 units and that in tandem with the redundant Hillhead Primary School, providing another 30plus units, not yet taken up serves notice housing is NOT required.
Recreation– Historically used for recreation, and has always been a place used by children now the land is also used for picnics, events, walking the dog, relaxing, bicycling
Inequality – This is an area of deep inequalitites, the meadow and wood are used by everyone. If this land is built on the people who will suffer will be those who are the poorest. Poor people are 9 times less likely to access greenspaces.
Biodiversity – an important well publicised necessity for the eco balance represented in City Policy finds the site a major contribution. 480 trees, raised vegetable and flower beds, an orchard, allotment, sensory garden, bumble bee habitats.
Educational-14 schools walk to the land for outdoor learning, and deliverthe Curriculum of Excellence and GCC Outside Now! Strategy. Every Monday and Friday schools come to the meadow and wood. There is an outdoor Playgroup run by local parents and a Saturday Forest School Club run by 12 local people. A sensory Garden exists for special needs schools. A study by Glasgow University found that attention in children was best after visiting the meadow/wood, compared to being in the classroom or the school playground.
The Green Network-Not a formal garden, the last large natural wild greenspace jigsawing with the Botanics, the Canal and Ruchill Park all complementing each other but all needed.
Flood protection – prevention of flooding the need to recognise the current issues in the area and the documented need to consider the future within the climate change debate now recognised as an imperative
Nature – the educational and the philosophical need to recognise we all have a duty to exercise care in freeing our environment from pollution. Housing will bring undeniably greater car and vehicle presence which will inevitably increase pollutants – atmospheric – car exhaust emissions, noise – ambient especially problematic at night, visual – car lights, Smell – refuse bins – blue, green, brown and whatever.
Sustainability – the land is a sustainable resource for the community. Local people lead a growing group every Sunday and a Maintenance group every Thursday. This provides food for the community and makes sure the land is cared for. There is an orchard too. Also, local schools can deliver the curriculum without getting in a bus or using public transport, And the land meets the Good Places Better Health for Scottish Children strategy which states that green spaces should be available within easy walking distance of homes.
Conservation – the site is set within the Glasgow Conservation Area although the CDP mapping says it is but not reflected in a schedule.
Delays, no community consultation and Duty of Care, – the order of the day as it applies to the legal requirement to allow the community to formally, not just consider housing planning applications, but consultation by the Authority to consult on a re-designation of a site which has allowed current property developer interest notwithstanding the lack of evidence for such development and the existence of brownfield opportunity.
In conclusion, the essential representation is that there is no case for re -designating this site for private housing. There is sufficient land stock within the brownfield category to meet the City’s needs. The current usage of the site is representative of significant stakeholder investment including that of the City Authority itself as represented by the schools which participate in regular programmes. Why does that critical part of the statutory sector use the Children’s Project Services on site yet is undermined by the the Local Development Plan by this re -designation. It is a contradiction that the City should see the Site as meeting an educational and wellbeing need in that respect or, if it does not it both dismisses and undermines the professional assessment of its senior educational staff. We believe there is a moral imperative here not being addressed and the City’s position does not convey the correct legal and moral attitude to this community and in particular the City’s children.
Please watch and share our new short video of The Children’s Wood and meadow, it captures the essence of what the community are trying to achieve in terms of a better future for children. The film is narrated by Tam Dean Burn, filmed by Shiona McCubbin and edited by Scott Girvin from Pixelboost. Each of them are local parents who have given up their spare time to create this little gem. Please pass it on to your friends and family.
Here is the link to our online petition which the film refers to.