Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)

From the web site:
“The Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF) project brings together partners and experts from across the North Sea Region to exchange information and develop a common approach towards the sustainability of urban fringe areas.

Urban fringes are the areas between urban and rural landscape. These spaces are often neglected and under threat from growth and expansion and inconsistent spatial planning policy.

The project recognises the value urban fringes can bring to local communities creating places where people want to live, work and do business. This can be through strengthening local economies; delivering social benefits and by creating a space for nature.

The project started in September 2009, and is set to run for three years. Key initiatives include, a review of urban fringe policies and the development of a set of policy guidelines to tackle issues of governance and spatial planning.

Project partners are developing their own urban fringe initiatives to establish best practice and share their experiences with project partners and the wider community.”

  • Title Original : Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)
  • Website :
  • Notes : Project Partners:
    • Aberdeen City Council
    • School of the Built Environment at Leeds Metropolitan University
    • City of Bradford (Airedale Partnership)
    •  Norfolk County Council 

    • City of Enschede
    •  Saxion University
    • City of Almelo
    • City of Hengelo 

    • Province of East Flanders
    • Province of West Flanders
    • Province of Antwerp 

    • City of Hamburg

    • Municipality of Harryda
  • Project start : 2009
  • Project end : 2012
  • Contact Person : Emma Watt (
  • Funding Agency : INTERREG IVB
  • Location : Germany, Hamburg, lat : 53.551084600000000000 - lng : 9.993681799999990000; United Kingdom, Shipdham, lat : 52.613968600000000000 - lng : 0.886402099999941100 address : Shipdham Rd, Shipdham, Norfolk IP25, UK; United Kingdom, Bradford, lat : 53.795984000000000000 - lng : -1.759398000000032900; United Kingdom, Aberdeen, lat : 57.149717000000000000 - lng : -2.094278000000031000; The Netherlands, Enschede, lat : 52.221537200000000000 - lng : 6.893661899999984000; The Netherlands, Hengelo, lat : 52.257412100000000000 - lng : 6.792772499999955500
  • Image Title : SURF Logo