Desktop mapping software from GGP Systems has been used by West Dunbartonshire Council to inform consultation on its new Local Development Plan. Designed to improve the quality of life for residents by improving access to parks and other municipal green spaces, the project had to first assess the quantity and accessibility of existing open space. Using GGP’s GIS (Geographical Information System) the Council first mapped areas of public open space before considering their proximity to other areas and potential barriers to access. The Council also analysed the amount of open space in relation to population data.
“The aim of this project is ultimately to improve the quality of life for West Dunbartonshire Council residents by giving them greater access to quality areas of open space,” comments Craig Valentine, GIS Officer, Planning and Building Standards at West Dunbartonshire Council. “By considering what open space already exists, where it is located and potential barriers to access, such as railway lines and major roads, we can begin to identify how to improve access for residents. In addition, by measuring the amount of open space in relation to population figures, we can address potential under-provision.”
As well as looking at accessibility of open space, the Council also needed to consider the quantity of open space. Using the same land use data within GGP GIS, the total amount of open space was calculated. This area calculation was considered in relation to population data from the Scottish Government.
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