This report presents the findings from an exploratory study of social and economic conditions in South Bank, Redcar and Cleveland. It is intended to provide a baseline for a subsequent longitudinal assessment of the delivery of a large scale regeneration project, the Great Eston Regeneration Master Plan. The research has been commissioned by the Institute for Local Governance and North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership, and undertaken by researchers at Northumbria and Durham Universities. The study was initiated by Redcar and Cleveland Council. The overall aim was to design a robust strategy for a long term (25 year) longitudinal assessment of the impact of the delivery of the Master Plan. The Council sought an evaluation which would track change as experienced and perceived by local residents, focusing particularly on South Bank. An accompanying report sets out a methodology for that longitudinal evaluation; this report sets out the baseline position. Documentary sources and interviews with stakeholders were used to build up a picture of South Bank and establish sources and methods which can be used again in the future. Documentary sources included data from the Office for National Statistics and Tees Valley Unlimited. Interviews were conducted with 45 people, including representatives from local public agencies and other organisations, and South Bank residents. The study focused on the core of South Bank, an area which experienced industrialisation and urbanisation, then decline and a considerable amount of housing demolition. It has been subject to various regeneration programmes. The regeneration of South Bank is a key element of the Greater Eston Strategic Master Plan, produced in 2008, and the Homes and Communities Agency has recently commissioned a full economic appraisal of regeneration plans for South Bank.
|Place of Publication||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Number of pages||113|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2011|