Economic Regeneration Action Plans

Kendal Economic Growth Action Plan 2015-2025
The DWA Team was commissioned by Kendal Futures.  The Plan was based on research, fresh analysis, consultation and involvement with the Board and stakeholders and two Workshops. The Plan highlights what Kendal Futures has achieved since 2007 as a respected neutral economic development forum, providing leadership and as a proactive partnership vehicle, co-ordinating economic investment. The plan includes sixteen projects in four interrelated themes: business specialisation & diversification; attract & retain working age talent; establishing a brand/USP for the wider Kendal economy & focus on the third sector and deliver economic infrastructure and place making investment.

DWA prepared the original Kendal Economic Regeneration Action Plan (2007) that helped establish Kendal Futures.

Sedbergh Economic Study

A group of public, private and third sectors agencies (South Lakeland District Council/SLDC, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Sedbergh Chamber of Trade and Business, Sedbergh Parish Council) commissioned DWA in early January 2017 to assess how the local community and the three sectors can work together to undertake specific actions to improve the economic performance and long term viability of Sedbergh. The aim is to Identify key economic challenges for the town and advise on how these might be addressed by community and other interventions, assess the current challenges faced by existing businesses and actions that could be taken to better support them.

North Aberdeenshire Coastal Towns: Regeneration Action Plans

DWA assisted Aberdeenshire Council to draft Regeneration Action Plans for the coastal towns of Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.  This included reviewing existing strategies, establishing ten year visions with the newly established private, third and public sector partnerships and identifying priority actions required to achieve the visions. The Plans were approved by the Council’s Policy & Resources Committee in September 2016.

Cumbrae and Millport Economic Plan 2015

The DWA Team was commissioned by North Ayrshire Council and used an intensive process of consultation and involvement, with a wide range of businesses, community and third sector organisations and the public sector including two workshops to prepare the Plan.  The Plan presents a clear firmly evidenced based sustainable economic development agenda for Cumbrae with programmes and priority projects that will grow the local economy, fuel job creation and increase Cumbrae’s long-term prosperity.  The focus is on the drivers of enterprise, business growth and job creation based on innovation and investment in the built and natural heritage, infrastructure and skills and above all respect for the natural environment.

Community Development and Charitable Trusts

Cullen Sea School: Feasibility & Business Plan

DWA prepared the initial feasibility and business plan for Three Harbours Association (THA) to convert a former boat store adjacent to Cullen Harbour into a multi-purpose facility and a base to teach small boat, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and diving skills and support economic development/training opportunities across the Cullen, Findochty and Portknockie communities. Project involved refurbishment of the derelict building to provide a hub with workshop, storage, teaching & exhibition space.  The Plan helped secure a Community Asset Transfer of the property from Moray Council, a £70k grant from the European Fisheries Fund and £408k from the Coastal Communities Fund.  The School opened in October 2015.









Alstons Shed & Yard Lanark: Feasibility Study


DWA was commissioned by Lanimer Committee/Lanark Community Development Trust (LCDT) to prepare the feasibility study. The Lanimer Shed Project is strategically located in Lanark town centre on a semi derelict site. The preferred option that emerged from the feasibility study and subsequent discussions is a five partner use of the new building and site namely: Healthy Valleys and LCDT within the new building with MAKLab housed within the LCDT component, Lanimer Committee would occupy the shed and SPT / South Lanarkshire Council providing public car parking.  The project was invited to bid in Stage 2 of the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. Illustration by the project architect John Gilbert Associates.

Building on Success: SURF Awards surf-bannerConsultancy Support
DWA provided two days of in-kind consultancy support to the Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise (PRYDE) in Kilwinning, Ayrshire. The pro-bono support to PRYDE was given as part of their success in winning the 2012 Community Led Regeneration SURF Award. The support included facilitating a Workshop with the PRYDE Board held in August at the Playz. PRYDE delivered The Playz as a successful enterprising community hub operating as a social enterprise. The Playz offers an energy efficient meeting place for the community and a range of innovative activities including adult learning, activities for youth including music tuition and music production classes. The Hub also includes a low cost café employing local people and offering training places for young people.

The Workshop undertook a reflective practice review of PRYDE’s community regeneration activities. The Workshop focussed on the new context for community led regeneration, PRYDE successes, lessons learned, SWOT, challenges, responses and next steps that included fourteen suggested actions.

Carluke Community Needs Analysis

carluke-park-and-rideDWA was commissioned by Carluke Development Trust and Rural Development Trust to undertake a community needs analysis to identify the needs and desires of the Carluke community in order that future CDT projects might be directed towards addressing these needs and aspirations. As part of a typical grant application process (e.g. ‘Growing Community Assets’/Big Lottery Fund or Heritage Lottery Fund) the Trust is required to demonstrate that emerging projects will meet a ‘community need’.

huntly-matters-wHuntly Hub: Huntly Retail Sector: Provision of Flexible Workshop Space for Local Businesses:  An assessment of the feasibility of three projects with the potential to deliver significant economic and community benefits for Huntly and district and offer income-generating opportunities for Huntly Development Trust. 

Centre of Excellence In The Care of Older People:  Big Lottery Fund: ‘Investing In Ideas’ sponsored feasibility study for Caring in Craigmillar (CiC) included policy context, local market research, best practice research and assessment of sites and buildings. 

Huntly Multi Sports Hub: An assessment of the feasibility and potential for the development of a Regional Cycle Development Hub at Huntly as part of Scottish Cycling’s Facilities Strategy.   Included the preparation of an outline business plan, initial layout plan and specification for the proposed facilities. ISSUU Version

Maybole Castle: Business advisor support for the Options Appraisal including regeneration fit, online survey of potential user groups, workshop facilitation, financial and viability analysis for Maybole Castle Community Trust/Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust

Moat Brae House Dumfries: Business case for mixed use restoration of iconic house and garden as part of the Architectural Heritage Fund Options Appraisal. Included market analysis, online survey, economic/social/environmental benefits, financial analysis and viability for Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.