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The Government wants to see coastal towns, along with all towns and cities, achieve their full economic potential and address social and environmental issues too.
It recognises the challenges and opportunities that they face. The nature and extent of these challenges vary considerably from one location to another, as illustrated in the Sheffield Hallam University The Seaside Economy report, and more recently in a benchmarking study of English seaside towns from Professor Stephen Fothergill, so there is no single solution for every area. http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/citiesandregions/englishseasidetowns
Regional and local approaches are needed which deliver the most effective solutions, reflecting the specific requirements of individual coastal towns and their interrelationships with the surrounding area. This approach is at the heart of the 2006 Local Government White Paper, Strong and Prosperous Communities http://www.communities.gov.uk/citiesandregions/implementingsnr/takingforwardsnr/, the Review of Sub National Economic Development & Regeneration (SNR) http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/citiesandregions/snr and the Regeneration Framework http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/citiesandregions/transformingplaces.
A cross- Whitehall coastal towns group, led by Communities and Local Government is working in partnership with a Regional Development Agency (RDA) -led coastal towns network to improve knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing coastal towns in order to inform action at a national and sub-national level.
RDAs have a key role to play in helping coastal areas in their regions to achieve their full economic potential, as part of wider regional strategies to deliver sustainable growth.