Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

2.4 Place-based priorities Glasgow City Region is a diverse and varied area, with a mix of a major city, towns and villages, as well as mixed landscape and rural environments. All these influence people’s opportunities and help make Glasgow City Region a great place to live and to invest. Glasgow City Region’s communities are very interlinked and interdependent, with linkage between where people live and work, as well as their leisure time. Some climate impacts such as storms and extreme rainfall will have effects across the entire of Glasgow City Region. However, others are more geographically specific. In support of the Strategy’s interventions we have identified a number of priority areas within Glasgow City Region. Whilst place-based approaches are crucial across Glasgow City Region, we have identified a set of place- based priority areas that are regionally and nationally significant for adaptation. These are areas where there are one or more of the following conditions: current and future climate hazards are most acute, there is the potential to affect disproportionately vulnerable communities, there are significant concentrations of economic assets, and where significant regional decisions are being taken in relation to new development. These priority areas are: • The Clyde River corridor – The 109 km River Clyde, running from the Lowther Hills in South Lanarkshire and ending at the Firth of Clyde, is a national economic asset, but is also where Glasgow City Region has a significant concentration of climate risks, with river, surface water and coastal flooding all coming together, alongside erosion. It is also home to a significant number of people who are disproportionately affected by flooding. Within this, the Clyde Mission area running from the Firth of Clyde in the west to Clyde Gateway in the east, is a focus for long-term economic development and for regeneration of regional and national significance. • New priority development sites – The wider sites set out in the indicative Regional Spatial Strategy, including the major regeneration of Ravenscraig in North Lanarkshire, Eurocentral/Mossend and the Forth and Clyde Canal, are priorities to make sure we do not lock in future climate risks as part of the region’s development. • Strategic Economic Investment Locations (SEILs) – These locations offer potential for a rebalanced low-carbon economy, boosting competitiveness and tackling inequality. They also promote the Scottish Government’s key economic sectors and Scottish Enterprise’s locational priorities. The large-scale, long- term investment planned to achieve these outcomes means they have a high potential to lock in future climate risks. • The coast – The coastal landscape is a unique part of Glasgow City Region’s heritage and culture, but erosion and sea level rise will alter their shape and form significantly in places like Dumbarton, Greenock and Gourock, where there are already significant socio-economic challenges. • Urban and town centres – The centre of Glasgow and town centres are vital links in Glasgow City Region’s overall economy. But they are also heat islands. In the future, the concentration of urban development is likely to be affected by rising temperatures and heatwaves. Defining place-based priorities helps provide a focus for where some of our interventions should take place on the ground and should be seen in the context of, and connected to, the broader climate resilience of Glasgow City Region overall. The criteria used to define the areas are set out below:


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