More and more people are choosing to live in cities and especially city centres. The key drivers for this are connectivity and sustainability. Living in the heart of the city, puts you close to all the experiences that only a city centre like Glasgow can provide – work, retail, restaurants, bars, theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries. With everything so close by, active travel is a much more attractive and practical option.
Glasgow City Council has an ambition to double the city centre population by 2035. According to the last census there are 20,245 people in the city centre. Compared to other city centres this is a really low number so there is an opportunity to have more people living here. Having more people living here brings all sorts of benefits. More people will make the city centre feel more alive and will also support businesses.
So the Council is thinking about how it can make the city centre even more appealing to people and the developers/investors who have a critical part to play in this. In response to this, the Council has created the City Centre Living Strategy (CCLS). The CCLS has six key priorities:
- Do the basics well – Making the city centre a pleasant safe space should be a priority;
- Give clear and consistent guidance – Tell us what you want and help us do it!
- A living city – Community and management make the place;
- Supportive policy – Set clear policy parameters;
- Land ownership and Assembly – Be proactive about creating development opportunities;
- Communication is key – more people who want to live here and more developers want to invest.
Some of the things we will do to support these priorities will be to:
- Find ways to make it easier to bring vacant commercial spaces into use, particularly upper floors;
- Provide a city centre which is cleaner, safer, greener and more sustainable;
- High quality designs from the start;
- Be open-minded to new ideas and new approaches to bring investment opportunities out of the ground.
So the question, what kind of city centre you want to live in? Please take 5 minutes to let us know by clicking here.
Glasgow City Council is exploring plans to close off the East and West sides of George Square to traffic as a first step towards achieving the recommendations of the public engagement on the future of the Square, which took place in October 2019.
The Council is also evaluating the removal of parking around the square and private car traffic from the southern arterial route.
A Servicing Survey is being conducted around George Square with a view to gaining a better understanding of the service requirements of the businesses that are in close proximity of the Square. The results will help inform future decisions on traffic management around George Square.
Please participate in the survey by clicking the link below:
Surveys should be filled in by local businesses by Thursday 30 January 2020.
Consultation is underway on regeneration plans for Glasgow’s Central District
Glasgow City Council has considered a report on a draft regeneration strategy for the Central District of the city centre and approved a 10-week public consultation on the draft strategy which went live on 06/12/2019. So now is your opportunity to have your say regarding the future of Glasgow’s Central District. We have already received a number of responses over the festive period but we would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.
Each of the nine districts in Glasgow city centre has or will have a District Regeneration Framework (DRF) – essentially, a plan for short, medium and long-term actions to be delivered that will bring economic, environmental and social improvements to the area. The DRFs are created with input from local communities, organisations and a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external.
The draft Central DRF (CDRF) is the fourth of the nine city centre districts, and has been developed in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team led by Austin-Smith: Lord and MVRDV, and informed by consultations in the area and online. This consultation period sees a further opportunity for local parties to make their views known. The final Central DRF and Action Plan will be produced after the end of the consultation period.
The process of developing this draft DRF investigated the Central district’s strengths, potential, opportunities and challenges: the district lies at the heart of the city centre and is key to all the surrounding districts, it contains the city’s leading retail quarter and much public transport provision – but is still dominated by the car with a corresponding impact on public space.
Five key themes have emerged from the Central DRF:
- (Y)our Great Streets and Spaces: this theme seeks to respond to the car and bus dominated character of the district and address the shortage of quality green and public spaces. Broken connections and gaps in the urban form need to be addressed throughout the district and investment in public spaces and the physical environment is essential. It also focuses on connection and re-connection to further develop the diverse and distinctive character in the CDRF;
- (Y)our Updated Mobility: this incorporates proposals to enhance the city centre’s public transport and active travel networks to create a sustainable, walkable city, and will include a review of the City Centre Transport Strategy in the context of the CDRF objectives and the recommendations of the Connectivity Commission;
- (Y)our Vibrant Central: this theme explores ways to address the lack of local neighbourhood amenities which might prevent people from choosing to live within the Central District area. It is therefore important that increased community infrastructure should accompany increased city centre residential development and achieve higher densities of working populations. Not only should the locations of attractions and destinations inform the alignment of key routes across the city centre but the city centre should become more lively, with more night-time economy, more viable amenities, better connections to the existing cultural and creative infrastructure and a more sustainable, walkable and activated district;
- (Y)our Great Buildings: this theme seeks to ensure that Glasgow’s historic fine built heritage is protected and that it continues to be recognised as some of the greatest urban architecture in the UK. Consequently, it is imperative that new developments respect this legacy whilst striving to achieve the highest quality in contemporary design.
- Transforming (Y)our Central: this focuses on the creation of agile policies and shared objectives to attract investment, secure funding and foster collaborative working in the district. Transforming this district cannot however be delivered by the Council alone; this must be a truly collaborative partnership between all stakeholders. Despite the lack of public ownership, GCC will look to identify and work with partners to develop masterplan strategies for both sides of the river.
The purpose of this public consultation is to signify support for specific projects and to determine which actions from this DRF should be prioritised. The public consultation will run from 6th December 2019 – 14 February 2020 and interested parties can participate via an online survey, by email or by post.
A summary report of the draft Central DRF can be found here
The Central DRF Public Consultation can be found here
If approved, the Central DRF would become supplementary guidance for the City Development Plan – thus shaping the future development of the Central District.