areas to managing historic city centres are to get an£800,000 boost,
regeneration minister Tony McNulty announced today.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money in a scheme called
Tony McNulty said:
'This will have a real impact on people's lives. Planning needs to
get a lot smarter to meet the highly complex challenges faced by
'The money will be used to look at innovative ways of solving some
tough problems like protecting historic areas, getting better use of
green spaces in towns and cities and reducing flood risk.'
The six projects are:
FLOWS, led by Cambridgeshire CC and working to improve the
sustainability of development in areas at risk from flooding -
Creative Flood Management, led by the Environment Agency Thames
Region, involved in changing public perception from flood prevention
to flood risk management -£110,388.
Flood Risk and Management in Estuaries, including the Environment
Agency Yorkshire and Humber Region, aiming to reduce flood risk in
estuaries through innovative approaches to land use -£164,665.
Planning for Urban-Rural River Environments, including the
Environment Agency North East Region, looking at sustainable
solutions to water-related planning issues in urban-rural fringe
SAUL, led by Groundwork UK London Region, looking at how open spaces
in cities can better meet community needs -£168,000.
The Liveable City, led by Norwich City Council and dealing with city
centre management issues in historic urban areas -£150,000.
Interreg IIIB is a European community initiative which encourages
co-operation between groups of countries, and regions within them, on
spatial planning. It provides an opportunity to pilot innovative
approaches to spatial planning, to gain expertise from other
countries and to set up joint investment projects.
This is the first wave of funding. A further£8,000,000 has been
earmarked for future projects to run until 2006.
1. ERDF is available for 50 per cent (in certain circumstances 75
per cent) of the total project costs - the remainder must be met by
the project partners. Government matchfunding is one source that can
be accessed for this, and is reliant on ERDF having been awarded.
2. When judging an application the Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister seeks to determine how far the project will help develop or
implement the relevant regional planning strategies. In England this
includes the Communities Plan, due to be published in January 2003.
Value for money is also an important factor, as is added value and
how other regions will benefit from the experiences gained.
3. The total amount of ERDF being drawn down to the UK by the six
projects is approximately 10,000,000 EUROS (approx.£6,350,000).
4. The successful UK projects are funded through two programme areas
-the North Sea Region, which encompasses the countries around the
North Sea coastline, and the north-west of Europe, which involves
Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, and parts of the Netherlands,
France, Germany, and Switzerland.
5. For further information on Interreg IIIB in the UK and on the
ODPM matchfunding scheme please visit www.interregiiib.org.uk