In this section non-built urban land use across the Glasgow and Clyde Valley region is illustrated through a series of maps.  The maps illustrate the provision and uses of open space in each local authority.  For example, categories of open space include public gardens, sports areas, green access routes and semi-natural areas.  Vacant and derelict land (see definition below) is also clearly highlighted on the maps.  In addition, core paths in each local authority are shown.

The table below provides a summary of urban land use across the 8 local authorities in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Region; Glasgow City is split into 3 sectors.

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There are many comparisons and contrasts to be drawn from this table.  For example, private gardens make up over 40% of urban land in East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire compared to almost half this level in the other areas.  7% of land in Glasgow is vacant and derelict, a much higher proportion than other areas.  This is also reflected by the fact that 61% of Glaswegians live within 500m of a derelict land, compared to 20% in East Dunbartonshire.

In Inverclyde 56% of non-built urban land is publicly accessible and useable compared to 17% in South Lanarkshire.  [To give a context to this it is worth noting that large concentrations of the population of South Lanarkshire live adjacent to Glasgow and will access its open space, while the rural settlements in the authority will be largely detached or semi detached houses covering a greater urban land take, but will still generally have adequate open space provision per capita.  In contrast, Inverclyde’s dwellings include a lot of tenements and high rise blocks, which take up less land area.]

There are differences in population concentrations across the local authorities in the region.  For example, in South Lanarkshire, much of which is rural, the concentration of population (2 people per hectare) is much less than in Glasgow (34 people per hectare).

The quality of urban greenspace is not illustrated in the maps in this section but such maps may be available on request from some of the local authorities.


These data and accompanying maps were published in 2013 and therefore do not take account of changes to land use changes that have happened since then.

Urban area is based on a definition provided by Scottish Government.

Vacant Land is land which is unused for the purposes for which it is held and is viewed as an appropriate site for development.  Vacant land is generally not in need of rehabilitation before new development can progress.

Derelict Land (and buildings) is land which has been so damaged by development that it is incapable of development for beneficial use without rehabilitation.

Core paths are paths or routes, including waterways, to facilitate the exercise of public access.

The statistics on Vacant and Derelict Land are based on Scottish Government figures for 2012.

The maps in this section have been produced by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network.  Please note that the maps were designed as an A3 landscape page and may not display as intended at other page sizes.

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