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:
– Population
– Vacant Commercial Space
– Environment
– Quality in Design
– Investment
– 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.

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