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SPT response to Clydeplan

On Friday 27 March, SPT’s Strategy & Programmes Committee will consider a number of papers including a response to Clydeplan’s Strategic Development Plan 2 (SDP2) for the Glasgow and Clyde Valley area.

The Clydeplan area includes eight of SPT’s constituent councils: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. The Strategic Development Plan (SDP2) comes in to effect in 2017 and will provide the strategic land use context for the long-term future of the city-region to 2035.

SPT’s response to Clydeplan’s Main Issues Report (MIR) supports the vision set out and in particular welcomes the commitment to a “compact city region” which will help to promote clustering of people and services, high population densities and best use of existing infrastructure which will enable the sustainable development and strengthening of our communities.

SPT supports the identification of the need to address transport challenges to support employment growth including improving sustainable, accessible, affordable transport to key city centre locations. Additionally, SPT highlights the need to improve sustainable transport connections to all key employment centres across the region to support increased employment, especially for people living in areas with higher levels of deprivation or with limited travel choices.

SPT supports the identification of the need to improve strategic connections between the region and the rest of the UK and beyond to support economic growth including improving rail links and the range and frequency of flights from Glasgow Airport. Additionally, SPT highlights the need to improve sustainable connectivity for freight including access to/from ports, Glasgow airport, strategic centres and other freight hubs; to reduce congestion on strategic roads and improve journey times; and to address key gaps in the cross-regional network.

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:
“SPT has continued to invest substantially in the transport network taking into account the priorities identified in the current Strategic Development Plan – SDP1. Our response highlights how SPT investment has helped to support transformational projects. In particular, through Subway modernisation, Fastlink, bus infrastructure improvements, continuing support for socially necessary bus services and the development of Smartcard ticketing.”

The Regional Transport Strategy and SPT’s Bus Investment Programme, including the complementary improvements contributing to the City Deal project, support the economic framework and the results of the economic analysis undertaken in support of the MIR.

An SDP is a statutory document which plays an important role in the national, regional and local land-use planning system, and is subject to approval by the Scottish Ministers. It sets out the development strategy for the conurbation for the next 20 years. The plan provides a policy framework for the location of new development, the promotion of sustainable economic growth, the shaping of good quality places and an enhanced quality of life.

SDP1 set out a Spatial Development Strategy based on a compact city region model with a strong central core around Glasgow and a related development corridor running west to east.