Glasgow signals early reviews on economic and housing policies

Glasgow City Council has agreed to bring forward early reviews of its economic development areas policy and housing supply targets as it moves to finalise its new development plan.

Glasgow: new development plan submitted to government
Glasgow: new development plan submitted to government

Meeting yesterday, the city council’s executive committee approved a revised version of the Glasgow City Development Plan, which sets its strategy for land use and infrastructure provision for the next decade.

The council’s endorsement of the new plan, which attracted more than 4,000 representations, follows a year-long examination by three reporters. The council said that in the "vast majority of cases", its position was accepted in the examination process.

The council has now committed to implementing the examiners’ recommendations on the two most significant modifications proposed to the draft plan, covering housing land supply and the city’s 71 identified economic development areas (EDAs).

Ahead of the examiners’ report, the city council carried out an interim review that concluded that some EDAs should be given enhanced protection as employment locations but also identified 12 EDAs that could be suitable for alternative uses.

The committee report said the authority will press on with the interim review to provide a "refined policy context" for assessing the scope for alternative uses in these 12 areas, which will retain EDA designation for the time being.

But it also said the council intends an early review of the plan "to inform possible reallocation or removal" of EDAs as part of a wider assessment of land-use allocations in the city.

The committee also confirmed that the council will carry out an early review to address a shortfall in affordable housing land supply in the first five years of the plan period identified by the reporters.  

However, it made clear its intention that this review will be carried out against the background of the most recent housing needs and demand assessment, rather than "older figures" on which the 2012 Glasgow and Clyde Valley strategic development plan was based.

It also said it will bring forward modifications to the plan to address the reporters’ "inaccurate assumption" that the council requires 25 per cent of all new housing to be affordable.

The plan will now be amended for submission to Scottish ministers. If their scrutiny does not throw up any issues that would prevent it from proceeding, it will go back to the executive committee for adoption, replacing the existing City Plan 2 adopted in 2009.

City council leader Frank McAveety said: "We are now moving towards the final stages of the preparation of the city development plan. I look forward to its adoption and its use as a key tool in the future growth of the city."

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