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Project summary

Name of the case study
Millennium Coastal Park

Where is it located?

What type of activity is it?
Regeneration of 1,500 acres of industrial wasteland into a recreational and wildlife area.

Short description of the case study
The Millennium Coastal Park project involves the development of a unique recreational and wildlife area stretching along 22km of estuarine coastline. More than 1,500 acres of industrial wasteland have been transformed to regenerate the local economy and provide a nationally important resource. The area focuses on a continuous off road cycle track which runs the entire length of the park linking up national cycle routes. The area includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Ramsar site together with several listed buildings.

Aerial photograph of the Millennium Coastal Park Cycle path running the full length of the Park
Aerial photograph of the Millennium Coastal Park (left) and the cycle path running the full length of the Park(right)

The main aim of the project is to regenerate an area of industrial dereliction along the Llanelli coastline and ‘give the coast back to the people’. By regenerating the coastal area as a good place to live, more people might move back generating further work. Through this it is hoped that environmental quality of degraded areas along the coast will be improved, safeguarding designated sites of international nature conservation and provide new educational and information facilities. The coastal park demonstrates high quality, original and appropriate park design and is a model of sustainable park development.

Sandy Water Park at the Millennium Coastal Park
Sandy Water Park at the Millennium Coastal Park

This case study shows how the effective use of general tools can produce a sustainable and successful result. This case is associated to the key problem: Green – Blue: Green-Blue spaces quantitative aspects: ratios in urban areas to include increased of degraded/polluted/abandoned urban areas that need to be redeveloped i.e. brownfields to be turned into green areas, etc..

What tools were used to assess sustainability?

Business studies

Design Guidance Strategy

Environmental Statement and Environmental Impact Assessment

Visitor movement studies

More information

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