Utilising port Master-planning to drive future growth in coastal regions

ABPmer and the British Ports Association have today published a White Paper highlighting how masterplanning can contribute to genuine growth in coastal regions as well as help ports communicate their strategies and visions to stakeholders. Recognising the ports industry as an important economic driver, the paper intends to help local, regional and national planners become aware of the potential of masterplans.

The Paper is part of a Port Futures programme led by the industry trade body, the British Ports Association (BPA) and leading marine consultancy ABPmer. Both see port masterplans and the process through which they are developed as an extremely useful way in which ports can shape and communicate their strategic plans by engaging with regional planners.

Tony Brooks, Masterplanning lead at ABPmer said “A masterplan outlines how a port intends to respond to change. It begins with what is happening at the port now, and why. It then explains what needs to happen in future. By going through the masterplanning process, ports can describe how they can facilitate development and investment whilst building in stakeholder interests. The process can be an invaluable way to transmit what developments and initiatives a port wants to drive forward.”

The BPA is calling on central, regional and local policy makers to take note of port masterplans so the potential of ports can be included in wider strategies.

The BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said “At a time when sub national and regional bodies are exploring initiatives to drive growth and investment, this report highlights the potential and process through which ports can transmit their aims and aspirations to policy makers. We are also keen that the UK Government updates its Port Masterplanning Guidance for English ports which hasn’t been refreshed for over a decade. This needs reviving and we’d like to encourage some discussion with the devolved administrations as to how masterplanning might be recognised in other parts of the UK.”

The BPA has collaborated with ABPmer who has supported parent company Associated British Ports on a number of port masterplans around the UK, and has extensive experience in port strategy and development . . . . .

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