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Glasgow derelict land initiative to be rolled out across Scotland

Words: Roger Milne

Towns and cities across Scotland are to benefit from the success of a pioneering Glasgow project which saw disused spaces in the city brought back to life as community gardens, performance spaces or for art installations.

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) will lead the national roll out of what is known as the Legacy 2014 programme Stalled Spaces Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

A+DS will provide support and guidance for local authorities across Scotland to develop their own local Stalled Spaces initiatives.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Glasgow City Council's Executive Member for Regeneration and Development, said: "I'm delighted that Glasgow's pioneering Stalled Spaces initiative is being rolled out to the rest of the country. It has helped transform more than 75 Stalled Spaces in Glasgow”.

Karen Anderson, Chair of A+DS, said "With the national Stalled Spaces programme we are looking to support communities to reactivate vacant or derelict spaces within town centres all across Scotland."

Planning Minister Derek Mackay said: "This is an opportunity for communities to work with local authority partners, get creative and come up with quirky ideas to transform derelict land.

"It will not only inject some life into areas that were previously lying empty, but it will give communities a sense of ownership and allow them to show off their local areas in new and imaginative ways.”

The Stalled Spaces Scotland programme forms part of the Legacy 2014 programme aimed at creating a long-term legacy from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.