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An example City Plan 3 objection

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.

 

Then press email at bottom of page you will be given instruction how to proceed. As an alternative simply google for the form complete and email or print off and post to the address supplied on form.

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 Placenatural, 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.

RecreationHistorically 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 protectionprevention 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.

Conclusion

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.

Greener Together Awards 2014

We are delighted to be one of the winners of the Greener Together Awards 2014.  The Children’s Wood volunteers have been working to help our community to live a greener and more sustainable life.  We’ve been encouraging families and the community to get outdoors onto North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood (in Maryhill/North Kelvin area of Glasgow) all year round!

North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood is a piece of land (roughly 3 acres) in one of the most unequal areas of the UK. The land was previously playing fields and tennis courts and is now a meadow and wood, with over 480 trees. It is a wild space – children can play freely and different groups coexist. Nothing else like it exists in our area.

 

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The project

We have no paid members of staff. The project was initiated by a group of parents wanting to save North Kelvin Meadow and the Children’s Wood from development – joining forces with the already existing North Kelvin Meadow Campaign – so that children could continue to have a place to play and the community could connect with each other and nature.

Since then, the project has grown much bigger.  At our first community event, which happened in the pouring rain, 70 people showed up.   We think this demonstrated the need and want in people to connect with their community and to be outside.

Talking to schools we found that very few of them have sustainable options to deliver the outdoor curriculum – a required target by the government and local council  – and so the Meadow and Wood provide a great option for schools. Many of the local schools only have concrete playgrounds and so some head teachers have said that they highly value having a place within walking distance of their school. Some have commented that our activities cut down on the red tape associated with getting outside, and increase their chances of being outside more.

Our volunteers have been working with 14 local schools – including 2 special need schools (all of these schools are within walking distance to the Meadow and Wood) to help them deliver the outdoor curriculum; we’ve started an outdoor playgroup, an outdoor learning club (run by 13 volunteers who have some level of Forest School training) and a growing group dedicated to growing fruit and veg on the land. We’ve also put on hundreds of events for the community including nature events and the West-end Festival.  Our Patron, local actor and dad, Tam Dean Burn has read many stories including the Gruffalo to thousands of children in the wood. Tam is set to bicycle across Scotland to read all of Julia Donaldson’s books this summer as part of the Commonwealth Games legacy.

Our volunteers not only include parents, but also we have at least 6 teachers from different local schools involved in the planning and running of events – one local teacher has organised an Easter club on the Meadow over the holidays. There are also teenagers and grandparents who get involved plus many more community members.

 

Why bother?

One of the main drivers behind our activities is that over the past few decades there have been increasing restrictions on children’s freedom to play and learn outside, and this is breeding a generation of children who cannot cope with setbacks, who are obese, unhealthy, unhappy and who don’t value nature as much as they do materialistic things like shopping or money.

Getting people outside more and encouraging them to take part in activities with others in the local community will help to build resilience, happiness and health.  We also believe very strongly that encouraging local schools and the community to use their local green space – rather than hiring buses or driving – is a good model for living more sustainably.

Paradoxically, at the same time as there being a decline in the opportunities for children to play outside and access nature, we have seen a growing body of research demonstrating how valuable local green space is to the healthy development of children and for the long term future of a society – some say that green spaces are worth at least 30 billion per year in health and welfare

We have been involved in a study in partnership with Glasgow University’s School of Psychology looking at the potential relationship between children spending time in green spaces and attention for learning.  The study showed that children’s attention span was significantly higher after playing in the Meadow and Wood than after being in the classroom or in their concrete playground.    So, spending time in nature and specifically in natural surroundings such as the Children’s Wood may help children to focus better, and in doing so may help them to learn better.

Many of the children who have come along to the Meadow through the schools and community events say that this is the first time they have been outside to play in nature for months – or ever. Being inside seems to be very common these days.  We think the problem for parents, schools and communities is that they are battling against the current individualistic and materialistic culture. This is the culture of more, with a strong focus on the self or individual – both of which undermine well-being. Holding materialistic values – for fame, fortune or looks – also undermines living a greener and more sustainable life.

Psychologists have found that changing values can positively change behaviour and this is what we are hoping to achieve with our activities. By increasing the value of nature and the feeling of community we believe that indirectly people will feel happier, healthier and act with more compassion to each other and the environment.

Winning the Greener Together Award, 2014 validates what we are doing to create a sustainable and greener future for our community. Not only this, but it also motivates us to do even more to help create a better future for our community.

Thanks to Scottish artist Kate Ives for creating the Greener Together Award plaque for the Children’s Wood in the photo above. You can also find out about other winners on the Greener Scotland website: http://www.greenerscotland.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please help us to save the last wild space in the west-end of Glasgow.  Children can climb trees, build dens and be creative here. It is a space where everyone in the community meets e.g. dog walkers, bike riders, gardeners, families, schools and many more groups.  The administration of Glasgow City Council plan to sell the land for the development.  Please help us to stop this from happening by signing our online petition.

Scottish Government’s letter to Glasgow City Council

Here is the letter sent from the Scottish Government – Directorate for Local Government and Communities – to Glasgow City Council.BackGround Papers-464650 copy In it, they are requesting to see all the information surrounding the planning application (such as objection letters and documents) before any decision is made.

This is a significant move by the Government, it is not something they do very often. This step also underlines the importance of the issues we are campaigning for and which we think are of national importance.

Great coverage in The Herald by journalist Gerry Braiden

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Scottish Government: stop Glasgow City Council building on North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood.

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