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Open Space Strategy

Open spaces are an essential part of the urban landscape and contribute positively to a number of crucial issues that affect the whole community.

They provide a sense of place, promote civic pride, and support other wide-ranging policy aims including healthy living, social inclusion and sustainability.

Open Space Strategy

Open space affects every member of the community

We have an Open Space Strategy that provides the context for activities and programmes that positively change the open spaces in our area.

The strategy indicates a long-term commitment by us to provide accessible and high-quality open spaces across our communities.


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Our urban greenspace

In addition to and in support of our strategy, Greenspace Scotland published the first Scotland-wide Open Space Survey in 2011.

They produced a digital greenspace map for all local authorities in Scotland. It included the first published record of urban open spaces in North Lanarkshire.

The survey recorded and categorised open space sites within the urban area in line with the guidelines set out in Planning Advice Note 65.

These included:

  • parks
  • amenity space
  • play areas
  • sports areas
  • green corridors
  • natural/semi-natural greenspace
  • civic space
  • other functional greenspaces

The Open Space Survey provides a valuable source of information for shaping national, strategic, and local policy on open space.

It provides us with a baseline for assessing development proposals that we receive through the Development Management process.

It also advises potential developers of the location and function of surrounding open space, and feeds into the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Green Network.

Our rural greenspace

Supplementing the urban Open Space Survey is the Integrated Habitat Network report by Central Scotland Green Network which focuses on the 'greenspaces' between urban areas.

This maps in general terms, the woodland, wetland and grassland habitats that exist in, around, and between our urban areas.

Examples of these are:

  • river valleys
  • canal corridors
  • forests
  • natural grasslands

Its aim is to promote the importance of the existing integrated habitat network and support its protection within North Lanarkshire and beyond.

Page last updated:
21 Dec 2023

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