Following my campaign in the Scottish parliament and through the media, calling for the redevelopment of Ravenscraig to be a national planning priority, I am delighted to say that it now features prominently in the Scottish Government’s draft National Planning Framework (NPF3)
Help Ravenscraig take the next step
This is crucial to raising the profile of the project and encouraging investment, as the NPF sets out the government’s national and regional development and investment priorities. Ravenscraig is Europe’s largest brownfield site and its development is not only vital to the region but also has massive potential for the Scottish economy.
This inclusion in the draft is deeply significant; if Ravenscraig is included in the final framework as a major national priority, the Scottish Government’s solid backing will undoubtedly attract much greater investment. For Motherwell, Wishaw and surrounding towns, it also means much needed employment, and housing.
I personally called on the Local Government Minister, Derek Mackay, to ensure that NPF3 gave greater consideration to Ravenscraig, so I am really pleased that it will be included in the framework, but we still need to ensure that this commitment is consolidated and not diluted in any way in the course of the NPF3 consultation.
We can ensure that the commitment to Ravenscraig is upheld and that it gets the support it deserves by making sure that the Scottish Government is made aware of what the successful regeneration of Ravenscraig means to us. I urge groups and individuals who support this redevelopment to make their feelings on this issue known by taking part in the consultation.
You can do this
- by completing the consultation paper; or
- by writing to the Scottish Government at email@example.com with your comments; or
- send your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or using the form below, and I will forward them to the Scottish Government.
Tell the Scottish Government what redeveloping Ravenscraig means to you
- the above form is designed for comments by individual constituents. Submissions on behalf of organisations should be made using the official consultation form.
- all completed forms and comments must be received by the Scottish Government by 23 July 2013, in order to be considered in the consolidation process.
- if you contact the Scottish Government directly, please send me a copy.
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