FIG Working Week 2000, 21-26 May, Prague

Coastal Industrialised Land Development in the UK

by Diane Awo Dumashie

Key words: Land, Coastal Zone, Project coordination and appraisal, Regeneration.


In the UK development of industrialised land has reached the top of the political development and social agenda. Not least because of the increasing pressures to find additional housing land to provide for the emerging new social living patterns, but also because of the urgency to ensure the need for redundant industrialised land to become a clean environment that will sustain existing and future generations.

This presentation focuses upon coastal industrialised land and the management process required to regenerate land to meet the aspirations of sustainable land use. Taussik has usefully categorised ‘spoilt’ land into four definable types. These are brownfield sites, land contaminated in situ, land degraded by activities elsewhere, and finally land affected by natural events (J Taussik Littoral Conference 1998 p23-33). Accordingly development projects are drawn from coastal spoilt land: a former oil refinery site, an aggregate site, and a former naval depot.

By drawing upon the author’s direct project co ordination experience of coastal spoilt site redevelopment as well as ongoing cases, the aim is to illustrate the co ordination and appraisal processes essential to a planned multi disciplinary approach. The key to success is leadership from the top and delegated leadership to the project coordinator. In such cases a Surveyor, acting as a project coordinator has a valuable contribution to make. But it must be emphasised that a range of key disciplines is needed.

The process requires an understanding of the Approach, which deals with the contextual background such as government regulatory control at European, national and local level. Next the Project Assembly process that encompasses collection of baseline data with respect to the existing historic industrialised legacy. Following this the Framework for Action can be drawn up which above all will allocate roles and responsibilities. Crucial to this is the pattern of landownership, whether it is in public or private hands, and the relationship and levels of community participation. It will be seen that this has a direct implication upon how the process is managed.

The lessons drawn from these projects are focused upon by reference to a hypothetical case, which illustrates the range of the issues for analysis. The opportunities for development are interrogated with reference to an initial market appraisal. At this stage the environmental effects of each use are audited and the need for gap funding identified. An initial marketing campaign should also be looked at to ascertain budgets, time lags and strategic use of world opportunities. Remember we are now all global players looking to global markets.

The presentation proposes a way forward based on the technological innovations on the horizon. Such as a decision support tool which is already being used in the process of Integrated Coastal Zone development and management. This will seek to facilitate ever more comprehensive ways to promote the process forward and contribute to the appraisal methodology.

Diane A Dumashie
6f St Catherines Road
Bournemouth BH6 4AA

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