The Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF) project brings together partners and experts from across the North Sea Region to exchange information and develop a common approach towards the sustainability of urban fringe areas.

Urban Fringes are recognised as valuable assets, which can provide a high quality environment in an urban setting, creating vital areas for the health and well being of local communities.

Final report coverConnecting Urban and Rural Report

The project final report includes governance insights and local, regional and national policy recommendations for urban fringe areas.


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 Toolkit for Urban Fringe Management Toolkit for Urban Fringe Management

The Sustainable Urban Fringes Project has produced a toolkit collating some of the successful tools used by project partners, which aims to inspire and encourage sustainable development in the urban fringe. A Dutch version of the Toolkit: Toolkit Duurzame Stadsrandgebieden is also available:

Toolkit Duurzame Stadsrandgebieden  Toolkit Duurzame Stadsrandgebieden

Latest News

Launch of Dutch Toolkit for Urban Fringe Management
21 August 2013
A Dutch edition of the SURF Toolkit has been published including information on additional tools for managing projects at the urban edge.

New report examines the Bradford Worth Valley project
16 April 2013
The report draws on lessons learned form local initiatives and transnational learning.

Learning about the Laarse Beek
15 February 2013
Local citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about about the life in and around the Laarse beek.

USA visit will share SURF learning
31 January 2013
A delegation from Enschede will be visiting their partner city, Palo Alto in Silicon Valley.

Work on well known attraction in Het Weusthag park completed
31 January 2013
Work will protect and enhance the Houtmaatvijver pond in Hengelo.

River Don Framework approved as Planning Guidance
11 January 2013
Planning guidance for the River Don Corridor Framework in Aberdeen was approved by the Scottish Government.

New Toolkit for Urban Fringe Management
7 January 2013
A new Toolkit aims to inspire and stimulate sustainable development at the urban edge.

Stepping stones to spatial quality
27 November 2012
Report looking at how the Provincial Quality Chamber contributes to sustainability.

Project findings published in Connecting Urban & Rural report
20 November 2012
Report highlights policy recommendations for the urban edge.

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Project Partners

  • aberdeen-city-council
  • airedale-partnership
  • gemeente-almelo
  • gemeente-enschede
  • hamburg
  • harryda-kommun
  • hengelo-gemeente
  • norfolk-county-council
  • oost-vlaanderen
  • Saxion University
  • west-flanders
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