May 262012

Last year CLASP offered funding support awards to 7 local authority led projects that were judged to be both innovative and potentially useful to a range of authorities outside the main applicant.

All the outputs from 4 of those projects are now online, and the others will follow shortly.  I’ve attached short summaries of these 4 projects which include links to the full resources.  We hope you’ll find these interesting.  All materials are available for public sector organisations to adapt.  Full links and contact details are in the summaries.

You can find out about all the projects that were selected last year, and download the 2012/13 application information at:

 The summaries attached include:

 Low Carbon & Adaptation Indicators

Sefton Council (on behalf of Liverpool City Region)

Developing a usable set of baseline environmental (low carbon and adaptation) indicators that can provide straightforward, innovative, effective and flexible monitoring and benchmarking at a number of different spatial levels. LCR Indicators Summary

 Renewable Deployment and District Targets

Lancashire County Council (on behalf of Lancashire sub-region)

Taking forward the deployment of renewables, working with each authority to identify renewable energy targets to help inform the preparation of Local Development Plans. Lancs Renewable Deployment Summary

Biomass Heating System Specification Guidance

Cheshire West & Chester Council & Liverpool City Region

Working through Mersey Forest to produce handy guidance on biomass heating systems to assist public sector authorities, specifiers and operators. Biomass Spec Summary

Improving Emissions Inventories and Reporting

Manchester City Council

Developing emission data and analysis tools for carbon performance management across the Greater Manchester authorities.   MCC Emissions Metrics Summary

Mar 192012


Project Natural Economy Northwest  
Partner Natural England and the SITA Trust        
Lifetime 2007 – 2010
Funding NWDA £1.2m
Natural Economy Northwest (NENW) was a regional partnership programme led by Natural England, the NWDA and the SITA Trust to deliver under the Regional Economic Strategy. The programme was only been possible through the involvement of a wide range of partners and stakeholders from the public, business and voluntary sectors. At the heart of NENW’s ethos was the vision for a prosperous economic future with a thriving natural environment for the Northwest.  The focus of the programme was to maximise the economic benefit from existing and new investment in the natural environment. NENW’s emphasis was on direction, delivery and dissemination:
Outputs The environmental economy contributes to the region’s economic prosperity through 109,000 jobs and £2.6 billion Gross Value Added.
Lessons learned Green infrastructure should be considered as a critical infrastructure. It needs to be planned, managed and invested in at different spatial scales as with any other critical infrastructure.Natural environment projects must incorporate socio-economic outputs and outcomes to benefit society.

Grey infrastructure projects must integrate green infrastructure for enhanced benefits and sustainability.

Natural tourism is an important area of sustainable economic growth. The Northwest’s stunning natural assets give it the potential to be a leader among the English regions.

Businesses can benefit from the natural environment, and business is part of the solution for sustainability.

We need to manage natural assets effectively in hard times to optimise the multifunctional benefits.

The natural economy is a unique selling point for Northwest England.

Future outlook Project has ceased, but learning remains available and is used regularly by the Northwest GI Unit.
Links Natural Economy Northwest  Green Infrastructure North West

A Future For The Natural Economy
A Future For The Natural Economy
A Future for the Natural Economy.pdf
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Mar 192012
Project Regional Park Capacity Building: Exchange Project
Partner Mersey Basin Campaign                     
Lifetime 2007 – 2010
Funding NWDA £450,000
This project coordinated the Regional Parks and enabled capacity building between the parks in the region.
Outputs The coordination of the Regional Parks was an activity rather than a formal output.
Lessons learned Bringing experienced partnerships together with fledging initiative stimulates a great deal of productive interaction

Experimentation achieved results, e.g. the Morecambe Bay Expert Panel sessions injected real verve into the partnership and brought new ideas to assist in developing the new approach to ‘Adapting the Landscape’

Future outlook The outcomes of the initiative remain on the internet but no further work is planned. Others in the region remain interested in pursuing the regional parks agenda, particularly in Morecambe Bayw hich has recently secured a £2m HLF grant on the back of preliminary work undertaken with help from the RPX funds.
Links Regional Parks Xchange
Mar 192012

Project Festival Gardens, Liverpool
Partner Langtree Festival Gardens Ltd            
Lifetime 2009 – 2011
Funding NWDA £3.7m
The creation of a new contemporary waterfront park from the transformation of the currently derelict former International Garden Festival Site and the establishment of a long-term management framework.
Forecast Outputs 500,000 visitors by December 2015, 105,000 sq m of new public realm, 1.4 km of new recreational routeway, 10.5 hectares of brownfield land, and jobs created
Lessons learned A creative approach to using Green Infrastructure to spearhead development, by removing investment inhibiting blight, can succeed if the correct package of remediation and management is agreed at the outset. 
Future outlook Long term management of the site will be carried out by the Land Trust for the first five years.  After that, it is envisaged that Phase 2 of the project will have commenced, generating an endowment of £2.947m which the Land Trust will use to maintain the site in perpetuity.
Links Festival Gardens
Mar 192012

Project Mersey Waterfront (Succession)
Partner The Mersey Partnership, Wirral Borough Council    
Lifetime 2007 – 2011
Funding NWDA / ERDF / public / private £46.9m
The Mersey Waterfront Programme defined a strategic vision for the waterfront and coordinated a programme of targeted activity to realise its potential as an asset to improve the economic social and environmental performance of the sub-region.  Activities included:
Outputs Sefton Water Centre – development of a significant watersports facility and tourist attraction based atCrosbyMarineLakePier Head Ferry Terminal – construction of a new terminal building, including ticket office, café, shop, Beatles story and shop, Fab4D theatre and restaurantPride in our Promenades – physical improvements to Egremont Promenade, Dingle Esplanades and the Leeds andLiverpoolCanalatLiverpooland SeftonCoastal Places, Open Spaces – Purchase and retention of the Anthony Gormley ‘Another Place’ Arts installation onCrosbyBeach, leading to the development of a strategy to use the arts as a visitor attraction, in both the Eastham/Bromborough area and Everton Brow

Pool of Light – temporary lighting of a number of waterfront andLiverpoolCitylandmarks, to coincide with Liverpool Biennial 2008

Lessons learned Have a bold strategic vision which raises aspirations and encourages partners to aim higherGovernance – there was a strong Board, chaired by a private sector partner and elected representatives of the seven local authorities, that ensured equality of representationIt is essential to have a strong partnership to make holistic, wholesale change
Future outlook To keep the Mersey Waterfront legacy alive, partners will continue to develop plans and projects to improve and create new assets along the waterfront for residents, visitors and investors to enjoy.
Links Regional Parks Xchange