Non-built urban land use across Inverclyde is illustrated in the map below and in higher definition in the accompanying pdf.
Inverclyde Open Space  VDL and Core Pathsclick on map to expand

This local authority has a total land area of 17,356 hectares and a population concentration of 5 people per hectare.  The total urban area accounts for only 15% of the total land area, reflecting the rural nature of much of Inverclyde.  Open space (excluding water and private gardens) makes up 75% of urban land, while publicly accessible and useable open space makes up 56% of the total urban land area.  Private gardens account for a 25% of urban land. 

Vacant and derelict land makes up just 0.8% of the total land area. 28% of residents live within 500m of derelict land.

There are 182 km of designated core paths in the sector.  Clearly there are many other existing paths which are in regular use.


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.

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

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

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.

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

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