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Solving the riddle of the sands: How to regenerate England’s struggling seaside towns
Some seaside towns in England are among the very poorest parts of the country. How has this happened, after a century of rapid growth? And what can be done, first to stop and then to reverse the cycle of decline which has affected them, even in the context of climate change having an impact on coastal places? This paper looks at the history of seaside towns in three phases: a century of rapid growth; 50 years of dramatic decline; and the current state of fragile recovery. It examines the causes of that decline in terms of economic recession, social imbalance, physical dereliction and disconnection from the transport network. In the absence of a national strategy for seaside towns, it proposes a locally led agenda for regenerating England’s struggling seaside towns, looking first at strategic imperatives and then at a number of practical actions. It draws throughout on real-world examples.
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John P. Houghton is a freelance consultant in the fields of economic development and urban regeneration. Over the past 22 years he has worked in the public, private and academic sectors. He has developed, delivered and evaluated place-making and renewal plans and strategies at neighbourhood, city and regional level, including seaside and coastal areas. Until recently he advised the UK government on how to attract large-scale institutional investment into regeneration and infrastructure projects.
CitationHoughton, John P. (2023, March 1). Solving the riddle of the sands: How to regenerate England’s struggling seaside towns. In the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Volume 16, Issue 3.