The Glasgow City Centre Strategy 2014-19 (CCS 2014-19) was approved in 2013 with an ambitious 55 actions aimed at attracting investment, development and footfall. These actions ranged from large-scale sector/area strategies and frameworks that each comprise a number of sub-projects, plans and policies, to smaller-scale initiatives that targeted specific thematic issues. One key issue identified at an early stage of the CCS 2014-19 was the need to increase Glasgow city centre’s residential population.
Population density is deemed increasingly important in a sustainable city centre. It creates efficiencies with public services and generates demand for local goods and services. Glasgow appears to lag behind other cities in respective of population density (beyond the student population), with comparator city centres pushing ahead in terms of relative growth.
The CCLS Vision is to create a diverse, inclusive and sustainable city centre population. The strategy has a proposed action plan of six key objectives that will double Glasgow’s city centre population by around 20,000 by 2035.
The CCLS responds to the topics and opportunities raised through this process and builds on the fertile substratum of the city centre, its compact urban form, architectural and heritage richness, economic framework, and the renewed interest in city living demonstrated by younger generations. The CCLS was approved by the Council to proceed to public consultation in December. The objective of this consultation is to gather opinion on proposed actions under the following objectives:
– Vacant Commercial Space
– Quality in Design
– Resilient Neighbourhoods
The intention is to develop and implement agreed, short, medium and long term actions in collaboration with the local community and stakeholders. By doing this, it is anticipated that the city centre will be able to maximise its liveability, attract new residents and investment.
Click here for the City Centre Living Strategy Survey Report
Consultation is to begin on regeneration plan 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 goes live today (06/12/2019).
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.
The draft Central DRF is the fourth of the nine for the 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. The consultation period sees a further opportunity for local parties to make their views known, and the final Central DRF and Action Plan will be produced after the end of the consultation period.
The process of developing this draft DRF found 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 and the subsequent 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 aim of the public consultation is to establish support for specific projects, and to determine which actions should be prioritised. The public consultation will run from 6 December – 14 February, and those interested can take part through an online survey, by email and by post.
A summary report of the draft Central DRF can be found here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=47161.
The Central DRF Public Consultation can be found here:https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent
If approved, the Central DRF would become supplementary guidance for the City Development Plan – thus shaping the future development of the Central District.
Past, Present, Possible 2 will officially launch this weekend with an event on 30 November 2019.
This event will take place on St Andrews Street between 5 – 8pm. It is a unique outdoor screening of a film by WAVEparticle that celebrates the oldest line in the City – featuring a reflection on the rich history of High Street and Saltmarket, alongside portraits of, and interviews with, people who live and work on the street, exploring ideas of how to help make this a great line through the area compromising the eight original streets of the city. Everyone is welcome!
Refreshments will be provided by Brave Bakers and Obsession of India.
Past, Present, Possible is part of the High Street Area Strategy and the launch event is the start of a conversation on how we can view the street creatively. If you want to get involved in the future of the project please email [email protected]
The City Council’s Planning Service would like feedback on the Draft City Centre Strategic Development Framework 2050 which hopes to set out a plan for how space should be used and what it should be used for. This will guide developers and shape the evolution of the City Centre. The document can be found here [7.3 MB PDF].
The Framework is one of six such documents being prepared as part of the City Development Plan and we would like your input. The Framework identifies key points of interest for the centre that respond to local issues and potential opportunities. The plan is to make our city more Vibrant, Liveable, Connected, Green and Resilient. The goal is to make the centre more people-friendly, an attractive place to live, work, visit and to invest in, as well as improving the centre’s green infrastructure and its capability to deal with the pressures arising from climate change. We would like you to have your say on the future of the City Centre. Your local knowledge is needed to build a city centre for all.
The consultation period runs from Wednesday 6 November until Friday 17 January 2020 during which time the document will be available on the Council’s Consultation Hub. Comments can be made via the Hub or directly to [email protected]. For further information, please contact Fiona Campbell, DRS, Planning & Building Standards on 0141 287 8547. [email protected]
Over the coming weeks and months, there will be a variety of autism-friendly events taking place around Glasgow. As part of the overall Autism Aware initiative, the offers available have vastly improved for those with autism that live, work or visit the city.
Some of the events this year are as follows;
Take 2 Access: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (PG)
Saturday 7 December (12.00)
Film content: moderate fantasy threat, mild violence and scary scenes.
Ticketing link: https://glasgowfilm.org/shows/take-2-access-maleficent-mistress-of-evil-pg
Access Film Club: Gremlins (12A)
Tuesday 10 December (Film begins: 18.00)
Film content: moderate violence and fantasy horror
Ticketing link: https://glasgowfilm.org/shows/access-film-club-gremlins-12a
Further information can be found on their website.
On Tuesday 31st December 2019 from 11am onwards and Tuesday 7th January 2020 from 4pm onwards, the Irn–Bru carnival will host autism aware sessions. During these sessions, music will be switched off, or played at a low volume and rides will be slower where possible. Additionally, the main hall lights will be turned on. Furthermore, quiet areas will also be accessible during these sessions.
For the first hour of these events, visitors with autism and sensory disorders will have the opportunity to enjoy what is on offer without any queues or crowds, as the general public will not have access during this hour. However, the other procedures in place, i.e, reduced music and lights will remain in place for two hours. Once the two hours are up, the main hall lights will steadily be dimmed and the music will gradually increase and rides will return to their regular speed.
Further information can be found on their website.
Glasgow Science Centre:
The Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) has its own monthly autism-friendly hours. The time schedule for these monthly autism hours is 09:00 – 11:00. During these hours the sound will be lowered and the lights will be dimmed. After 11, these will return to their original levels. On your arrival GSC will provide a map which identifies areas of their exhibition floor where you will find:
- Noisy exhibits
- Sensory experiences
- Quiet spaces
Future dates are as follows:
- 17th November 2019
- 15th December 2019
- 19th January 2020
Further information can be found on their website.
St Enoch Centre:
Santa Claus will be visiting St Enoch and setting a dedicated time to support children with learning difficulties and sensory challenges such as autism.
Quiet Santa sessions will be held from 10am to 10.40am on Sunday 1st / 8th / 15th / 22nd December
The dedicated 5 minutes slots are free however the centre will be collecting during the event on behalf of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
George Square Christmas Market will have a quiet room available for individuals with autism and sensory disorders. In addition, St Enoch Shopping Centre have their very own accessible quiet room which visitors to the St Enoch Christmas market are more than welcome to use.
You can find out more about Autism Aware Glasgow here – https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/project/autism-friendly-city-centre
As part of the Central Station Action Plan (CSAP) a stakeholder engagement event took place in The Arches on Wednesday 23 October 2019. Arranged as a drop-in style event, it ran from 10:00 to 16:00 to enable local stakeholders to engage with GCC officers and representatives of the other project partner organisations.
The occasion provided an opportunity for project officers to update local stakeholders on the actions which are already being undertaken in the area as well as giving an overview of those initiatives and schemes still to take place – such as the Argyle Street Avenue and the proposed public consultation of the Central District Regeneration Framework.
More importantly, local traders and residents told us about their concerns and what they felt to be the most pressing issues affecting the Action Plan area. All of this information was collected and will inform the future shape of the project. In particular, a number of critical concerns were raised and steps are currently being taken to address them as a matter of urgency.
We would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy day and participated in this event whilst providing their thoughts, comments and suggestions. We understand the impact which local issues can have and we very much appreciate the involvement demonstrated by the local community. We remain committed to doing as much as we can to bring about improvements and will continue to provide updates regarding the actions being progressed through the CSAP and other associated projects. The PowerPoint presentation arising from the event can be downloaded here.
Further information about the Central Station Action Plan can be found via the project page