The consultation period for the City Development Plan has now closed. Glasgow City Council have published a document, explaining what happens next, which can be downloaded at http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=19982&p=0.
As the document outlines, the next phase of the CDP, “Schedule 4” is expected to be completed and submitted to the Scottish Government by the end of 2014 – along with supporting evidence including representations that have been made. Following this an Examination of the plan by the Scottish Government Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals will take place over 6-9 months during 2015 .
As for the heritage park campaign the current strategy, pending the outcome of the CDP and specifically its impact on the status of Govan Graving Docks, will be to object to any applications for planning consent that may be submitted for development of any housing on the site. I would also hope that the council would suspend any decision on whether to grant planning consent for the site until the completion of the CDP next year – thus buying time for the heritage park and other conservation options to be explored.
I am currently working on a White Paper outlining in detail what a heritage park as proposed will entail and I intend to publish this by the end of August 2014. Feedback on this will assist in the development of a business plan for the implementation and running of the park – which I hope to complete early next year and which could be used as a basis to proceed by whichever organisation is best placed to do so. However what that organisation will be can only be speculated upon at this stage.
Glasgow has just been allocated over £1 billion in investment jointly by the Scottish Government and the UK Government. I would hope that the Govan Graving Docks could be among the locations that are allocated investment from this fund.