Over the coming decades, the Glasgow and Clyde Valley region will see significant urban expansion and regeneration. This represents a major opportunity for the delivery of Green Infrastructure which provides naturalised water management, useable open space, active travel routes and habitats for wildlife.
Too often, the inclusion of Green Infrastructure is an afterthought, considered only after 'grey infrastructure' (like roads, hard engineered drainage, energy and waste) has been planned. GCVGNP rejects this approach, viewing the consideration of Green Infrastructure as essential part of successful placemaking. In developing the Integrating Green Infrastructure (IGI) approach, the Partnership seeks to advocate that Green Infrastructure should be considered from the outset of the design process.
The GCVGNP sought funding from the CSGN to promote the Integrating Green Infrastructure approach to planners, developers and greenspace professionals.
To promotethe approach, the Partnership delivered an IGI Seminar, which was attended by over 100 delegates. It also developedan IGI analysis tool for the GCV Strategic Development Plan and the Local Development Plans for East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire.
This work was complemented by the creation and use of a number ofpromotional materials, including, IGI website pages, a prospectus document and pull-up banners for use at promotional events.
Increased awareness of Green Infrastructure and the tools that are available to planners and developers to ensure that it is delivered as part of development planning.
Changing attitudes and perceptions toward greenspace management.
Increased awareness of the Green Network's role in the development management process.
Quotes from some of the seminar feedback forms:
"Today's seminar has been valuable and will help me in my current projects – a lot of knowledge gained" (LA planner)
"New information for me and very relevant" (LA planner)
"Good quality of presenters and the material was all new to me" (SEPA unit manager)
"All presentations were very good and informative" (BRE manager)
"For someone who works on the periphery of the subject, I found the day to be generally informative and enlightening to understand different perspective and arguements" (Roads engineer)
The IGI Design Study for Nitshill in south west Glasgow was a winner of the Integrated Habitat Design Competition 2012.
Encouraging planners to include Integrated Green Infrastructure in design briefs for masterplans and other development documents will enable the delivery of CSGN themes through better development.
Since the initial CSGN funding, two further IGI Design Studies have been completed. As a result of these studies, the Partnership has refined its IGI approach and has led a successful communications campaign.
|2010||CSGN Development Fund||15,500|