a guide to assessment, planning and strategic development

This tool-kit for assessing the quality of greenspace has been developed by greenspace scotland and the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership.

"Greenspace quality  –  a guide to assessment, planning and strategic development" provides practical guidance to support local authorities in producing open space audits and strategies, as required by Scottish Planning Policy.  It will also assist developers and housing associations in delivering on the aspirations set out in Firm Foundations for improving the quality of greenspace in residential areas to create better neighbourhoods and more sustainable places.

We know that high quality, multi-functional and accessible greenspace can make a real difference to the quality of life and sustainability of urban communities.  However, whilst local authorities have found it relatively easy to map and quantify greenspace, understanding and assessing the quality of greenspace has been a real challenge.

The guide identifies five criteria for assessing quality:

  • accessible and well connected
  • attractive and appealing places
  • biodiverse, supporting ecological networks
  • active, supporting health and wellbeing
  • community supported

A framework is provided for applying these across the PAN65 typology of open space and provides guidance on establishing local standards.  The Guide also includes advice on developing a Strategic Framework for Greenspace, undertaking a Greenspace Audit, developing a Greenspace Strategy and establishing a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. 


information and support

If you would like any further information about the guide or support in using it, please contact our Partnership and Enabling Manager, Deryck Irving by email