The Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF) project brought 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.
The project has recognised the value these areas between urban and rural landscape can bring to local communities, creating places where people want to live, work and do business. This can be through strengthening local economies; delivering social benefits and by creating a space for nature.
Key initiatives examined by the project have included a review of urban fringe policies and the development of a set of Policy guidelines to tackle issues of governance and spatial planning.
To informing the research, Project Partners developed their own urban fringe initiatives to establish best practice and share their experiences.
The project aims to address the challenges facing our urban fringes including -
The project examined 4 SURF Themes for urban fringes -