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Reviving Britain's Coast – Why It’s Time to Help Communities on the Edge

Communities on Britain’s coastline have fallen behind the rest of the country, but the government could unlock their potential by adjusting its Levelling Up policy, according to research published today (Wednesday 1st February 2023). The additional challenges faced by people living on the coast are so entrenched that help is needed from central government to stop them falling further behind. Our beautiful coastline is an incredible national asset. But it urgently needs sustainable long-term investment to make the most of the opportunities for growth – particularly in green jobs which can support the government’s climate goals.

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Coastal Communities APPG

An All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which looks at coastal strategies on a cross-party basis and establish a framework for policy to help boost coastal communities across the United Kingdom

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OneCoast Coalition Coastal Partnerships

OneCoast is a cross-sector coalition is established to create a unified voice to advocate on behalf of coastal issues.

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CCA Policy Document

Policy ask and Recommendations Spring 2018

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What is the Coastal Community Alliance?

Formed in 2007 the Coastal Communities Alliance objective is focused on “Seeking to build alliances and common purpose around the coast of Britain, with a particular focus on socio-economic challenges”.

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Heritage Coast Review 2022

Heritage Coasts are a landscape definition applied to the finest stretches of our most scenic and undeveloped coast. There are 32 in England covering around a fifth of the coastline. Their objectives are to conserve, protect and enhance the natural beauty of the coasts; facilitate and enhance their enjoyment, understanding and appreciation by the public; and maintain and improve (where necessary) the environmental health of inshore waters affecting heritage coasts. Together with AONBs and National Parks they are part of our national family of most valued and protected landscapes.

The review was the first ‘stocktake’ of English Heritage Coasts since 2005.  Evidence on the delivery of Heritage Coast objectives, the value of these definitions, the influence of changes in policy and their future opportunities was collated via online questionnaires, a series of workshops and some targeted one to one conversations. New analysis of data provides some fascinating and helpful information about the collective of Heritage Coasts, the areas they cover and the communities that they relate to.

The study showed that Heritage Coasts have retained their high national landscape quality, their objectives remain extremely relevant, and they are highly valued as a brand and as places to live, work and visit. They remain unique in that they straddle land and sea. 

The consultants have made some recommendations to help boost the potential of Heritage Coasts. These are being considered by Natural England and partners – they are not agreed actions.

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