Port Masterplanning white paper published
ABPmer and the British Ports Association have 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 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.
The paper highlights that port masterplanning deals directly with two of the most challenging issues facing the ports industry; first, understanding the nature of the rapid commercial, environmental, technical and social changes that are expected to hit economies over the coming decades. Second, responding appropriately to such changes. For the ports industry, these present big challenges and exciting opportunities. Successful ports will make the most coherent and strategic infrastructure and property investment.
Ports are critical to the UK economy, handling 95% of UK trade and directly employing over 115,000 people. These jobs and the economic activity generated by ports are also incredibly valuable to local communities.
The masterplanning process can help communicate the work ports are doing to engage with, and benefit, their local communities. Separately and recently the BPA has compiled some examples of community and stakeholder initiatives across UK ports. The BPA wants to signal that not only do ports act as national hubs and drive regional growth, they also strive to give back and support their local communities. This report is available at the following link: