Coastal Communities Fund:
Realising the Potential
The launch of the new Coastal Communities
and social development - Planning Solutions
Fund offers real potential to support the
Consulting Limited and Rubicon Regeneration
economic development of coastal places by
Limited. We have combined our expertise and
promoting economic growth and job creation.
knowledge of coastal regeneration to support
The fund prospectus sets out the broad criteria, organisations and partners develop projects
examples of project activities and programme
and apply for funding.
outcomes. What is clear is that the fund will be
With over 30 years experience, we have
competitive; projects will need to demonstrate
been involved in designing and delivering a
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innovation, sustainability, creativity and
range of services to both public and private
deliverability in encouraging economic growth
sectors, to research, develop and grow coastal
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in their area.
economies. Our work has demonstrated that
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Coastal Regeneration is a new venture that
the key to success is the ability to respond to
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builds on the strengths and experiences of two
opportunities through destination making,
respected companies operating in the fields of
making use of new technology and developing
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regeneration, tourism and sustainable economic projects that build on strengths and assets.
Our coastal cities, towns and
growth in some coastal
We are offering up to 1 day FREE
villages have a rich historic
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environment, with a unique and
Operating throughout the UK
to meet with organisations and partners
distinct character, which reflect
and overseas, Coastal Regeneration
in the UK to scope and develop project
the UK's history as an island
works with a range of coastal
ideas, which may be eligible for support
and maritime nation. Since the
communities throughout the UK.
from the Coastal Communities Fund.
mid 20th century, the decline of
Our clients include:
traditional coastal industries has
We are flexible in terms of support:
* National and regional bodies
created in some areas economic
this could include identifying themes
and social problems more readily
* Tourism Partnerships
and opportunities; developing project
associated with inner city areas.
* Local authorities
concepts; facilitating a partners
Despite these issues, there are
* Private sector
grounds for optimism with regard
* Charity, community and
to the future, with evidence as to
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encouraging levels of employment
Green tourism can be a driver for
economic growth, employability
Coastal Communities need to foster a
and poverty reduction. The unique
spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship
ecosystems within coastal communities
building on sector strengths
provide a real opportunity to support
and opportunities to counteract
greener, low carbon, sustainable
structural barriers, not least their
tourism, generating economic, social
geographic peripherality and isolation.
and environmental benefits.
Communities need a more creative
and innovative approach to support enterprising communities
We worked with South Downs National Park assessing
particularly given the reduction in business support and advice
options to enhance the provision of interpretation and visitor/
community information at a number of gateway and hub sites.
One element of the work focused on encouraging sustainable
We prepared a Regeneration Action Plan for Porthcawl, which
transport movements to promote green tourism.
included a range of activities to broaden the economic base
of the town including the provision of new workspace and a
series of actions to develop the creative and cultural strengths
Building community capacity
of the town.
All regeneration programmes need to
involve local people in shaping and
delivering programmes for change.
Key to this is the need to strengthen
Deprivation is a major challenge (and
the skills and abilities of people and
burden) for many coastal communities;
community groups to take effective
many areas face a set of issues
action and leading roles in the
related to the lack of employment
development of their communities.
opportunities and skills development.
Many communities have addressed
We prepared the North Wales Outdoor Sector Strategy and
these challenges by implementing
Action Plan, which had a strong coastal focus. This included
changes in the provision of education and training provision to
specific actions to build the capacity and support infrastructure
meet the changing requirements of local employers.
to connect communities, partners and stakeholders to deliver
the vision and action plan.
We worked in Brighton and Hove undertaking the mid-term
review and evaluation of the City Employment and Skills
Plan. This included making recommendations on activities and
the partnership mechanism required to influence and better
co-ordinate employment and skills provision in the city to
improve employment and skills of residents and create the
Central to our work is understanding
right conditions for businesses to grow and invest.
the needs and aspirations of the
local community. By developing
projects which meet the needs of local
communities you helping to build local
In this increasingly competitive market,
Our work in preparing a masterplan for East Beach in
coastal destinations are having to
Selsey included a module of community and stakeholder
become more sophisticated, better
organised and highly differentiated
in order to continue to attract (and
retain) visitors. Coastal destinations in
the UK must adapt and develop if they
Our network of experts
are to continue to grow their tourism industry by retaining a
higher number of UK domestic visitors, as well as attracting
We have the capacity to bring together a specialist team of
researchers and economists, regeneration experts as well as a
network of architects, coastal engineers and master planners.
The team was commissioned by Arun District Council and
Tourism South East to assess and develop the tourism product
along the seafront in Littlehampton. We researched and
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recommended a series of development options based on market
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and physical opportunities for practical implementation.