Thursday 28 January 2016

Drop in event on future of Blackness General Economic Development Area

One of the presentations at the drop-in event yesterday
Last night, I attended a very useful drop in event on the future of the Blackness General Economic Development Area that took place at Verdant Works.

The consultation took place because city planners are now preparing the next Local Development Plan for Dundee.   The first stage in the process was to produce a Main Issues Report that discusses key planning issues and informs the preparation of the next Local Development Plan by considering which areas of the City are suitable and unsuitable for development and discussing the way land should be used, managed and developed.

The Blackness General Economic Development Area (GEDA) is identified as a main issue within the Main Issues Report for its potential to bring areas of vacant, derelict or underused land and buildings back into productive use.    As well as improving employment opportunities and productivity, it also highlights the potential to make the Blackness GEDA a more vibrant and high quality place by improving the quality of the built environment; strengthening the existing character and identity; increasing connectivity and making the area more attractive, safe and welcoming. 

Yesterday's event about the Blackness GEDA allowed business owners, property owners, residents and other stakeholders to give their views and it was extremely well-attended.   The public consultation runs until Monday 29th February and you can read more about the process here.