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					Joint Planning Group
    (JPG) Toolkit
    February 2007
CONTENTS


1.        INTRODUCTION
          1.1. Welcome to SAUL TransPlanLab ….………………...……….…….1
          1.2. Why are transnational exchange and learning important?….…….3
          1.3. What is a JPG? …………………………………………..………..….4
          1.4. JPG Timetable……..………………………………………………….4

2.        RESPONSIBILITIES
          2.1. Responsibilities of JPG leaders ……………………………………..6
          2.2. Responsibilities of JPG members ……………………………..…....7
          2.3. Identifying training needs …………………………………...…...…..8

3.        METHODS AND WAYS OF WORKING
          3.1. Site visits and Participative-style workshops ……………………....9
          3.2 Meeting facilitation and interpretation ………………………………9
          3.3 „Learning Logs‟ ……………………………………….……………….9
          3.4 Interactive web site and ongoing communication …………….…..9

APPENDICES
     1.   Glossary……………………………………………………………………..11
     2.   Brief Descriptions of SAUL 2 EXT Transnational Projects…………….13
     3.   JPG Learning Log……………………………………………………….…19
     4.   SAUL 2 EXT Timetable……………………………………………………21
     5.   SAUL 2 EXT Partner Contacts……………………………………………23
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1. INTRODUCTION
This toolkit has been compiled to provide members of SAUL Joint Planning Groups with an
introduction to the SAUL project; an outline of the role of JPG members; and some
guidelines for the JPG tasks, methods and ways of working.


1.1. WELCOME TO SAUL
The Sustainable & Accessible Urban Landscapes (SAUL) project was originally developed
by a group of partners from six major metropolitan areas in North West Europe: London,
Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, Rhein-Ruhr and Saarland, and more
recently by a new Partner working in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region in the Netherlands. The
project is part of the European Commission Interreg IIIB programme and originally had a
budget of €16,348,150, with 50% provided from European Regional Development Funding
(ERDF). The project has been successful in securing two extensions to the project, known
as SAUL Plus and SAUL 2 EXT, and now has a total budget of €23.4M (€10.7M ERDF).

SAUL was designed to address a key issue of transnational relevance:

      The vital role of socially inclusive spaces in the sustainable development of
       metropolitan regions, including the essential part played by the quality of the
       public realm in improving people‟s quality of life; providing opportunities for leisure
       and recreation in densely populated urban areas under pressure from housing and
       commercial development; and the contribution which good quality, socially-relevant,
       and well-managed public spaces can make to a strong economy, social equity and
       sustainable development.

It has also addressed three contributory issues common to metropolitan regions:

      Regional identity, following economic and social changes, and the
       importance of regional spatial planning.

      Planning through partnerships, leading towards a new planning culture.

      The transnational value of the ‘learning region’ approach, leading to stronger
       integration between regions.

SAUL has applied these learning principles throughout the project, leading to stronger
integration between metropolitan regions in the process of transnational, regional and local
project planning and development; not just at the level of the main partner agencies, but by
involving regional practitioners and local players in inter-regional and transnational work,
using urban landscape projects as the learning tools.

This transnational learning must be captured, discussed and understood across regional
borders so that regional partners and practitioners are able to apply that learning to the
processes of planning, design and implementation of urban landscape projects.

The projects SAUL and SAUL Plus, were successfully completed in June 2006 when 180
politicians, policy-makers and practitioners attended the Final Conference in Amsterdam in
June 2006. The projects have exceeded the original expectations - not only has the range
of projects expanded, with greater public impact; but the innovative transnational

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approaches to shared European learning, has already had a visible influence on spatial
planning policy and practice in partner regions. This has also begun to influence spatial
planning ideas in a new associate city region from Eastern Europe.

The published SAUL Report (also available in three languages as a download from the
SAUL website www.saulproject.net) captures that experience and sets out our Messages
to Europe, with our key Recommendations to politicians and practitioners. Its Annex,
Regional Reports provides the practical evidence for those conclusions; while the SAUL
film (on DVD) conveys the messages in a very immediate and easily assimilated form.
These are the Report‟s five Messages:

   In Europe’s economic heartland, new urban landscapes are now a reality with a
    vital impact on people’s quality of life in city regions. Their unique challenges
    and opportunities need innovative approaches by drawing transnationally on
    examples of good practice.

   Sustainable regions are ones where people want to live, now and in the future.
    Regional spatial strategies, based on visions widely shared, give people a
    stronger sense of belonging, locally and regionally.

   The impacts of globalisation and social change mean that Europe’s citizens
    increasingly demand to be in the driving seat of shaping their future
    environment. Partnerships with the people offer a new approach to planning and
    governance for Europe’s urban landscapes.

   Transnational partnerships can unlock learning, transferable knowledge and
    greater understanding. A strong transnational partnership is greater than the
    sum of its parts and can deliver shared objectives in Europe.

   Competitive city regions are ones that can attract and retain viable businesses
    and their employees by offering a good quality of life. New urban landscapes are
    an essential element in building Europe’s future economic structures and social
    well-being.

The SAUL 2 EXT project is an extension of the original SAUL project, based on the
experience and findings of SAUL and SAUL Plus, and this is the project that you are
involved in.

New urban landscapes is a definition of a new city region phenomenon, identifying new
kinds of spaces that are neither countryside nor urban parks, but which need new
approaches to accessibility and management, in order to play a positive and vital role in
city region development. From these outcomes, SAUL 2 EXT will focus specifically on the
last message. This looks forward and addresses the relationship between the issues of
new urban landscapes and the future competitiveness of Europe. To do so, the project will
draw on the experience and evidence underpinning the four previous messages. We
propose to take forward the following achievable objectives in this short transitional phase,
leading us into the new 2007-13 programming period:

   To develop the evidence base for demonstrating the assumptions in the last,
    forward looking chapter of the SAUL Report, by illustrating the significance of
    new urban landscapes to the economic vitality of city regions, engaging



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    businesses in partnerships with public authorities, employees and citizens to
    recognise the potential impact of current and planned projects.

   To demonstrate the potential value of new urban landscape projects in building
    social cohesion in city regions, promoting well-being by empowering citizens of
    all age groups to take responsibility for their future environment.

SAUL 2 EXT will address these objectives through six transnational projects (see
Appendix 4), led in each case by one partner, with all partners participating through the
tested SAUL mechanisms of Joint Planning Groups (JPGs), project pre-appraisals,
website exchange of wider evidence on relevant policy and good practice, and continuous
learning. JPGs will be selected and organised around the specific issues of these
objectives, bringing together appropriate specialist expertise from all regions.

Further information on SAUL can be gained from the SAUL website www.saulproject.net

1.2. WHY ARE TRANSNATIONAL EXCHANGE AND LEARNING
IMPORTANT?

According to the Interreg IIIB programme guidelines, transnational working provides the
following benefits.

   Transnationality is at the heart of the EU Interreg IIIB Community Initiative. It allows
    countries to co-operate on mutually beneficial or shared projects and to tackle issues
    that go beyond national borders. It produces models that are transferable across
    different countries, and speeds up the process of innovation through the sharing of
    expertise and development costs. Participating organisations benefit through
    accessing new skills and ways of working, and increasing their connections to
    European networks and markets.

   Transnational working is rewarding to organisations that are well prepared. Besides
    the financial support provided by the EU Structural Funds, benefits to be gained from
    involvement in a NWE project include:

                               Spatial development investment decisions based on sound and
                                deeper European analysis
    Wider benefits             Better international positioning for spatial development investment
                               Contribution to the implementation of regional and national spatial
                                planning agendas

                               Reduction of development costs and speeding up of the innovation
                                process
    Benefits to                Maximum use of available expertise through spreading of best
    Your project                practice
                               Development of a model which is transferable across different
                                countries

                               Capacity building, both for the organisation and for the staff
                               Access to European networks and markets
    Benefits to your
                               Keeping up-to-date with policy developments around Europe
    organisation               Giving a European dimension and profile to a local and regional
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The SAUL project provides a unique opportunity for urban and environmental planning and
regeneration practitioners in North West Europe. It enables practitioners to engage with
colleagues across national, regional and cultural borders to learn, apply and contribute to
the shaping of new urban landscapes in European regions.

Probably most importantly, the transnational learning and exchange that occurs in JPGs
will enable group members to creatively modify the way they plan, design and implement
urban landscape projects.

It is also the intended that the JPG member‟s organisation should benefit from the learning
and knowledge exchange that occurs. Therefore JPG members should consider how best
to share their experiences within their own organisation – this is covered in the JPG
Learning Log (see Section 3.3 and Appendix 3).

1.3. WHAT IS A JOINT PLANNING GROUP (JPG)?
The purpose of a JPG is to bring together practitioners from SAUL partner regions in a
transnational working and learning environment in order to develop more socially inclusive,
sustainable and accessible urban landscapes in North West Europe.

For SAUL 2 EXT, each JPG will consist of approximately ten people:
    a JPG Leader, who will be a representative of the Regional Partner for the host
      region;
    at least two other participants from the host region;
    five members from other regions;
    up to two representatives from the Lead Partner, who will play an advisory and
      observational role, including producing a report on each JPG meeting.

1.4. JPG TIMETABLE

Each of the six JPGs will get together for two workshops and site visits between February
and April 2007 and then again in September to November 2007. A full timetable for SAUL
2 EXT is attached at Appendix 3.

To ensure that there is ample time for informal interactions between group members,
dinner the evening before the meeting and one overnight stay will be included. When
arranging JPG meetings, allowance must be given for travelling time by overseas JPG
members. A „model‟ programme is as follows:

Day 1
By 15.00                   „Non-local‟ JPG members check into hotel
16.00                      JPG leader meets „non-local‟ JPG members at hotel
16.00 – 18.00              JPG meeting, including introduction to project/issues
18.0                       Leave for dinner/evening activity

Day 2
9.00                       JPG leader meets „non-local‟ JPG members at hotel
9.30 – 12.00               JPG meeting, including site visit
12.00 – 13.30              Lunch
13.30 – 15.00              JPG meeting
15.00                      „Non-local‟ JPG members leave for airport/station

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Whilst there are just two meetings of each JPG, many JPG members will also get together
when they are involved in the SAUL Symposia (in mid 2007), where there will be
opportunities to learn from and share experiences with members of other JPGs. In
addition, it is important for JPG members to stay in touch regularly to discuss and agree
progression of projects. The SAUL web site contains interactive Discussion Forums to
stimulate and facilitate this interaction within and between JPGs.

Each Partner region may also arrange for all JPG members from that region to come
together to discuss SAUL issues and learning. In some cases this may be expanded to
include other regional contacts who have an interest in SAUL issues, which will enable
SAUL learning and experience to be further disseminated.

A fairly generous estimate of the total time required from JPG members is 7 to 8 days,
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2. RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to maximize the benefits of transnational engagement, it will be important for JPG
leaders and members to be clear about their roles and responsibilities.

The following set of roles is intended to be a helpful starting point. Each JPG should feel
free to add responsibilities to the list, if members agree it would be useful to do so.

2.1. RESPONSIBILITIES OF JPG LEADERS

    The Lead Partner will ask JPG leaders for a description of the knowledge and skills
     that are required from JPG members. The Lead Partner will then ask for
     nominations (and brief CVs) from all Partners and forward these nominations to the
     JPG leader.

    In liaison with the Lead Partner, the JPG leader will then finalise JPG membership.

    The JPG leader will then plan, organise and lead all aspects of the two JPG site
     visits and workshops, including arranging:
              Dates for the JPG workshops
              Transport for site visits / tours of the area
              Workshop venue, facilitation, presentations, equipment and materials
              Interpreter, although for cost-efficiency this should be done informally if
                required at all
              Catering and accommodation for JPG members
              Planning the allocation of tasks and responsibilities to JPG members
              Preparing all background materials and papers

    The maximum budget available for each JPG meeting is (not including JPG
     members travel to the meeting):
             Local travel (for site visits etc) €200
             Accommodation                      €600 (€100 per person)
             1 Dinner                           €300
             1 Lunch                            €200
             Refreshments                       €100
             TOTAL per JPG                      €1,400 (approximately £950)
     The breakdown may change but the maximum must not be exceeded. Ideally these
     costs should be paid for by the host Partner and then claimed back from the Lead
     Partner using the Transnational Costs Expenses Claim Form (available on the
     Downloads page of the SAUL website) within 1 month of the meeting – 100% of
     costs will be reimbursed. If this is not possible, the Lead Partner representative
     may be able to pay for these costs - if this is required the JPG leader should advise
     the Lead Partner of this before the meeting. If there are any costs of interpretation
     the JPG leader should advise the Lead Partner of the cost before the meeting.

    At least seven days before the workshop, post the following information on the
     Discussion Forum, and email all JPG members to say it has been posted:
     o A SAUL „Feasibility Study and Pre-Appraisal‟ Form (first meeting only, unless
         the form is amended), containing:
             Detailed project description, including costs and programme
             How the project will address the SAUL 2 EXT issues

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             Project Indicators
    o   Any associated materials to inform JPG members
    o   An agenda for the JPG site visit and workshop
    o   A brief description of the key issues to be addressed by the JPG
    o   Ask for any presentations or materials from specific JPG members, if required
    o   A list of JPG members including short CVs (first meeting only)
    o   A Learning Log form

  At the meeting, allocate tasks and responsibilities to JPG members, and give
   deadlines for responses. These should not take more than 1 day of the JPG
   members‟ time.

  Comment on the JPG Meeting Report produced by the Lead Partner, which will be
   posted on the SAUL website Discussion Forum.

  Lead communication with other JPG members on a regular basis through the SAUL
   website Discussion Forum.

  As a general point, all communication should be done through the SAUL website
   Discussion Forum to ensure that it can be captured and recorded by the Lead
   Partner.

2.2. RESPONSIBILITIES OF JPG MEMBERS

  After the dates for your JPG have been agreed, make your travel plans and
   purchase any rail / flight tickets. This can be done through your regional SAUL
   Partner, or you can make your own arrangements and claim back the costs using
   the SAUL Transnational Costs Expenses Claim Form (available on the Downloads
   page of the SAUL website) within 1 month of the meeting. If you make your own
   arrangements, please note that standard class travel should always be used and
   flight costs should not exceed €220.

  Before the JPG, study all materials and background information that the JPG leader
   has provided. Also prepare any presentations or materials that the JPG leader has
   asked for.

  At JPG sessions, participate actively by contributing to discussions and group
   decision-making.

  Within 10 working days after the JPG meeting, complete your Learning Log and
   post it on the SAUL website Discussion Forum.

  Complete any tasks and responsibilities that have been allocated to you within the
   given deadline.

  Communicate with other JPG members on a regular basis through the SAUL
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2.3. IDENTIFYING TRAINING NEEDS

JPG members should together determine whether the group has any training needs, and if
so, how best to meet those needs. In some cases, a JPG member may be able to provide
a workshop session on a particular topic of interest to others. It also may be a helpful
training exercise for JPG members to participate in community involvement sessions or
design participation events of the host region.




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3. METHODS AND WAYS OF WORKING

3.1. SITE VISITS & PARTICIPATIVE-STYLE WORKSHOPS

Each JPG should determine its own format, but both meetings are likely to include at least
a site visit and a participative-style workshop to engage all group members.

3.2. MEETING FACILITATION AND INTERPRETATION

It is important that someone facilitates each meeting to ensure a participative workshop
style that draws out knowledge and experience of all members, and that identifies and
addresses the key issues and challenges of the JPG. If any member of the group is not
comfortable speaking English, than an interpreter should be hired to join the site visit and
workshop.

3.3. LEARNING LOGS

Transnational learning is the main objective of a JPG. Therefore, it is absolutely essential
that we capture, articulate and apply the learning that occurs within JPGs. Unfortunately,
this will not occur automatically. We cannot assume that just by sharing experiences
together in the JPGs that we will inevitably learn from those experiences. A „learning log‟
is one tool to use to try to ensure that we not only learn, but also do something about what
we learn.

The assumption behind the Learning Log is that the act of keeping a written log forces you
to practice at least part of what is involved in learning from experience and at the same
time render tangible evidence as to whether something has actually been learned or not.
A Learning Log is included in Appendix 2 and is available on the Downloads page of the
SAUL website.

3.4. INTERACTIVE WEB SITE & ONGOING COMMUNICATION

A web site for the project, www.saulproject.net provides a range of information about the
project, a password-protected project and financial management system, and an
interactive Discussion Forum for JPG members. This will be a key mechanism to enable
regular communication of JPG members, both within and between JPGs. Notes and
reports from all JPGs are being posted on the Discussion Forum so that you will be able to
find out what other JPGs are doing and to exchange ideas between JPGs.

The Discussion Forum is very easy to use. To gain access to the interactive Discussion
Forum:

    Register by clicking on the „Register‟ button on the Homepage and following the on-
     screen instructions. You will be able to access the website immediately.

    Enter your Username and Password where indicated on the Homepage.




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 Once logged in select the „Discussion‟ tab. This will open a new window showing
  the SAUL website Discussion Forum. The top section shows the six JPGs that are
  currently active. The bottom section shows the JPGs for earlier SAUL projects –
  you can still access these to see the messages posted there. You can also use the
  „search‟ facility to search for key words in the entire Discussion Forum. There‟s
  also a „Help‟ button containing more information to help you use the Discussion
  Forum.

 You can access your JPG by clicking on the JPG name. This will show you a list of
  all of the messages posted for this JPG (title, who posted the message, how many
  replies there are, and when the last message was posted).

 By clicking on „Post New Topic‟ you can post a message to the Discussion Forum.
  Type the subject of your message on the „Subject‟ box and your type a message in
  the message box. You can „Spellcheck‟ your message, „Preview‟ your message,
  and „Attach Files‟ before you „Post Message‟, which will enter it onto the Discussion
  Forum.

 By clicking on „Search Forum‟ you can do a more sophisticated search.

 By clicking on „Watch Forum‟ you can receive email updates when a message is
  posted on the Discussion Forum to the categories you select.

 You can access each message by clicking on the „Topic‟ title. This allows you to
  read the message and any replies, and download any attachments. You can reply
  to the message by clicking on „Reply‟ and following the instructions for „Post New
  Topic‟ as above (although the „Subject‟ will be completed automatically). If you
  want to respond to specific text from the original message, click on „Quote Original‟,
  and that will add the text from the original posting to your message.




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Appendix 1 - Glossary
Action project: Definition of an Interreg IIIB project, which generally does not involve
capital expenditure, as distinct from an Investment project.

Brownfield land: Land that has previously been used by industry, commerce or housing
and is suitable to re-use for similar or different purposes.

City regions: Enlarged territories beyond single administrative boundaries from which
core urban areas draw people for work, provide them with services, and drive economic
growth.

Community: People who may be affiliated through shared interests, situation or
geographical proximity.

Community/citizen engagement: A two way process between institutions and people
involving the sharing of information and ideas, where people are able to influence
decisions and take part in the implementation of those decisions.

European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP): Indicative strategy drawn up and
adopted by Member States in co-operation with the European Commission, promoting
balanced and sustainable development of the European Union through spatial planning,
incorporating the principles of sustainable development.

Green belt: A defined area of open land, usually separating urban from rural areas, where
development is heavily restricted retaining it in a natural state or for agricultural use, in
order to preserve its character and provide open space.

Investment project: Definition of an Interreg IIIB project, which generally involves capital
expenditure, as distinct from an Action project.

Lisbon Strategy/Agenda/Process: Action and development plan for the EU, intended to
deal with low productivity and the stagnation of economic growth through the formulation
of various policy initiatives to be taken on by all EU Member States. Re-launched in 2005
with a new emphasis on competitiveness and employment measures.

Liveable/liveability: A concept covering all the things that improve the daily quality of life
of communities and the areas where people live and work.

New Urban Landscapes: A term to describe patterns of land use that are the result of
economic restructuring and changing social patterns in city regions, which generally no
longer conform to traditional concepts of either city parks or countryside. Their
environments are characterised by brownfield land and peri-urban and suburban sprawl
with the growth of out of town shopping malls, new focal points around airports, major
transport corridors, the growth of dormitory satellite settlements and surrounding areas of
agriculture and forestry that longer sustain their former economies. They are often the
focus for new and multicultural communities.

Partnership: A term that can be applied to different kinds of relationships, for example
formal and informal, restricted or inclusive. SAUL uses it to mean partnerships that are
inclusive and broadly based, bringing together statutory and non-statutory, formal and
informal players, in which citizens can participate and play a meaningful part.


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Peri-urban: Areas surrounding formal urban boundaries facing pressures of urbanisation
and housing sprawl, often through rapid population growth and/or the changing patterns of
commercial life, frequently resulting in environmental and sometimes social degradation.

Region/regional: A greater area than local boundary definitions, usually inclusive of
several municipalities or parts of them. SAUL uses the term flexibly to include both whole
regions by statutory definition, such as Greater London, and smaller areas without legal,
institutional or structural status, but defined by characteristics, shared interests or common
use.

Regional parks: Area of preserved open space representing a significant regional
resource, likely to attract users from a wide distance, seeking environmental and
recreational experiences not usually available elsewhere.

Spatial vision: Statement of the shared long term goals for the spatial structure of a
region, which assists in the formulation and selection of spatial planning programmes and
projects.

Sustainable community: A place where people want to live and work, now and in the
future. They meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, are sensitive to their
environment, and contribute to a high quality of life. They are safe and inclusive, well
planned, built and run, and offer equality of opportunity and good services for all.




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Appendix 2 – Brief Descriptions of all SAUL 2 EXT Projects
1. Wandle Valley Spatial Strategy and Implementation Plan – led by Groundwork
London and the GLA, with all partners participating, using landscape improvements
to raise the quality of an important corridor of manufacturing industry in the city
region’s economy.

London‟s Wandle Valley has been a cradle of manufacturing industry since the Industrial
Revolution, with businesses clustered along this tributary of the Thames that extends from
the Green Belt on the urban fringe. It remains one of the few centres of modern
manufacturing in the city region today, and is identified in the London Plan as an important
regeneration corridor. Housing, originally for local workers, sits cheek by jowl with light
industry. Their close proximity both damages the quality of life for residents, and creates
problems for businesses in recruiting and retaining employees in a difficult working
environment.

The Valley now has great potential to use the inherent landscape assets, by joining up
many small open spaces and the country park site into a new regional park, to attract
workers and residents. The river is recovering from former pollution, and becoming the
focus for leisure with the recent Wandle cycle route. In SAUL, the Country Park project has
created a valuable impetus for engaging local communities in the opportunities to improve
their environment, particularly young people through the SAUL+ video project. The London
Strategic Parks Project (SAUL+) used the Wandle Valley as a case study, describing how
a new regional park could improve access to a network of open space, including parkland,
wildlife areas, riverside walks and facilities for children, contributing to the identity of the
Valley as a place to live, work and visit.

The current review of the London Plan recognises the Valley‟s potential to address
London‟s identified deficiency in open space and contribute to regeneration of the sub-
region. SAUL 2 EXT will facilitate the next stage, by developing a spatial vision and
implementation plan shared by all. This will draw on the earlier SAUL experiences in
Saarland and Amsterdam, engaging the four Borough Councils, key statutory agencies,
the Wandle Forum of local communities, young citizens and adults, but also particularly
targeting the large number of businesses and industrial estates as key stakeholders. This
practical engagement process will be led by Groundwork (which already works with some
industrial estates) with the Wandle Forum. The aim will be to integrate a regional park plan
with wider regeneration objectives for the Valley. The JPG will advise on industrial estate
partnership models.

Key results will be the shared spatial vision, setting out the strategy to achieve it; to
engage the business communities as key stakeholders in a more inclusive partnership with
a dependable structure, capable of co-ordinating initiatives and driving the implementation
of the plan long term; to strengthen participation throughout the Valley, including actively
engaging young people from the local communities; and to implement some early small
investments as pilot demonstration projects (river habitat improvements and flood control
with the Environment Agency). Alongside these actions, an assessment will be carried out
of baseline deficiencies, with an evaluation of the potential impact of proposed
interventions on both economic viability and community well-being.

Timescale: Autumn 2006 to May 2008
Total eligible cost: €214,673 (including Investment €51,923)



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2. The Landscape Gap and the European Central Bank – a transnational project led
by Planungsverband Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, to complete the Frankfurt Green Belt in a
key economic and social regeneration zone.

Within the Regional Park Rhein Main‟s core area, the Frankfurt Green Belt, SAUL has
demonstrated how new urban landscapes can make a significant difference to the quality
of life of city regions through the Bonames investment project. A major challenge for the
Regional Park concept is the Landscape Gap – the missing link of the Green Belt where it
touches the site of the future European Central Bank. Taking the Green Belt through an
inner city area will be a challenge in itself, with the need to cross the River Main and to
integrate the river banks effectively. But this is also a key zone for both social renewal and
economic regeneration and uplift.

On the edge of the city centre, the past 100 years saw the area become the location for
less attractive city functions, including the wholesale market (now the European Bank site)
and the wharves, as well as typical early 20thC housing. Yet while historically deprived, it is
also a central location, targeted by immigrants and new self-employed businesses. The
area is still in transition, with the transformation of the market area by the Central Bank
project and the structural changes along the Hanauer Landstrasse as the main impetus.

Tackling the Landscape Gap is expected to become a major long term project, which
SAUL 2 will crucially prepare and kick-start, providing the first stage. The main sub-partner
will be the City of Frankfurt, and with the necessary skills there is a unique opportunity to
create an extraordinary asset, considerably enhancing the city‟s open space. From a
transnational perspective, it will create opportunities for all partners to share the
experience of an initiative directly linking regional park objectives with inner city
regeneration challenges. Some partners will be able to bring knowledge of other relevant
experiences (London Docklands, North Amsterdam). Unlike single-issue open space
projects, this will integrate two essential SAUL aspects – the need to enhance quality of
life in an urban Frankfurt borough, with the opportunity to compensate for the inevitable
changes that will be triggered by the Bank development. A central objective will be to seek
co-operation with the Bank developers to create this new urban landscape in partnership.

An equally important factor will be the challenge of engaging residents, local traders and
small businesses as stakeholders in the process of change. It will be essential to avoid the
pitfalls (previously experienced in London Docklands) of alienating old established
communities in new large-scale developments. The SAUL outcomes can provide a starting
point for that. The future open space rises above the built up area, offering unexpected
perspectives on the city. Sharing them will open up new prospects for living and working in
the city. Drawing on the Luxembourg experience, temporary installations and guided walks
can help to develop the vision.

Key results will be to facilitate a concept and an agreed spatial vision for the link with the
Green Belt that investors, developers, owners and commercial enterprises will share,
recognising the added value of adjacent accessible green space; and to plan for generous
provision of facilities for social uses of this high profile sector of the Green Belt as a
location for social interaction with good communication links.

Timescale: Autumn 2006 to May 2008
Total eligible cost: €143,075




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3. Extending SAUL’s relevance to the city region of Arnhem-Nijmegen – led by
Staatsbosbeheer, with all partners contributing to the development of a new
regional park intended to play a strategic role in regional competitiveness.

In its position paper „Ambitions for the Future‟, the city region board of Arnhem-Nijmegen is
committed to creating a regional park in the Overbetuwe as a green buffer between the
two cities, part of its city region strategy in response to the Lisbon and Gothenburg
agenda. The Lingezegen Park aims to provide an attractive living and recreational
environment by offering an accessible diversity of landscape types that provide attractive
natural environments for cycling and walking. Staatsbosbeheer is the national forestry and
countryside agency caring for sustainable living space.

Although the regional park development is based on the national urban green programme
and driven by the province of Gelderland with the participating municipalities, in practice
some key questions on spatial planning policy now need creative answers. Issues include
how to build a sustainable partnership between public and other sectors, using the on-
going transition to a network-driven society to speed up and improve the realisation of the
park; helping farmers to make the transition to city-orientated countryside entrepreneurs;
building the confidence of the smaller municipalities by helping them to identify their
unique value to the region; facilitating important but easily achievable connections
between urban areas and regional park elements, so that citizens become part of the park
development from the outset – especially young people, because of the long timeframe for
realisation; and whether an „IBA‟ for parts of Lingezegen could benefit the whole region
through attracting investments, without compromising the original concept of open space.

Joining SAUL can bring new ideas and experience into the region, with feedback from
other regional park strategies. Regional parks in the Netherlands often encounter
difficulties of land availability, finance, planning agreements and local resistance. Within
SAUL, the Amstel Wedge strategy, the Regional Park Rhein-Main experience and the
Luxembourg spatial visioning with municipalities can all offer local project managers
stimulating alternatives. At the same time, a combination of governmental-driven park
development and new city projects with public-private partnerships on its periphery can be
a valuable example for other SAUL partners. Staatsbosbeheer will use the SAUL key
messages and experiences of inclusive participation to involve more citizens proactively in
the park development process.

Key results will include a new JPG able to bring regional park experience from other
regions, evaluate the Arnhem-Nijmegen strategy and prepare advice to the park steering
group; public participation workshops and an education programme to raise awareness of
its local and regional value, engaging hard-to-reach sectors (minority groups, the elderly,
unemployed); building the knowledge base of stakeholders and local aspirations for
projects (visitor sites, forest play and leisure areas, planning a route network to connect to
the inner city) that can contribute to a broad spatial vision and action plan; securing other
investors through an inclusive approach to the park and its future functions; setting up an
expert team to assess an IBA proposal by the end of 2007; and establishing connections
with the huge economic activity to the east of the park, one of the Netherlands biggest
greenhouse developments.

Timescale: Autumn 2006 to May 2008
Total eligible cost: €229,652 (Investment €100,000)




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4. Promoting the regeneration of South Luxembourg – led by the Ministry of the
Interior and Spatial Planning with all partners involved, building a more competitive
region through stronger partnerships and vital urban landscapes.

The regeneration of South Luxembourg is one of the major strategic goals of the
Government‟s national planning programme adopted in 2003. A spatial counterpart to the
dominating capital city of Luxembourg, the international and financial centre, this urban
region is still dealing with the consequences of structural economic changes, particularly
from the steel industry, impacting on image and attractiveness for future investment. The
region‟s 12 local authorities have formed the syndicate PROSUD to seek new co-operative
ways of planning, and a multitude of stakeholders and groups are now interested in
shaping the region‟s future. The Ministry sees this as a test case for regional spatial
planning, including the development of a spatial vision.

With strong competition from the City agglomeration, a new regional development strategy
must be built on several pillars, including quality of life (and consequently urban
landscape) to attract and retain residents and enhance regional attractiveness for new
investments by the service–led economy. Key to these economic and spatial challenges is
a new partnership between Government, local authorities and other informal stakeholders.
Nurturing this partnership and seeking a common understanding of the South Luxembourg
urban landscape has been central to SAUL projects. They have stimulated debate with
recognition of the potential role of the urban landscape in regeneration strategy; but these
gains are still fragile, and there is little experience of planning and implementing concrete
actions on a regional level.

Based on the SAUL work so far, the goals now are to embed the regional learning points
(from the Final Report Annex) throughout the region, drawing on transnational exchange to
ensure continuation of learning; and to integrate relevant issues of quality of design,
multifunctional use, regional integration and social cohesion within the planning processes
and projects of the regional stakeholders, who will need support. The strategy is to ensure
sustainability of initiatives by mainstreaming this learning through strengthening the links
and synergies with existing public projects (e.g. the regeneration of the Belval-West steel
site); and to facilitate planning, design and realisation of regional focal points and places of
importance (identified earlier in SAUL) as symbols of a new regional attractiveness. A
process management system has to be established to maintain an informal stakeholder
network.

Key results will be a strengthened, expanded stakeholder group, with a working structure
and defined remit, facilitated by an external process manager; an overview of existing
urban landscape related projects and initiatives, evaluating their potential to contribute to
sustainable regional development; and a joint action programme, on which the JPG will
provide transnational guidance. The programme may focus on strengthening the capacity
of current projects to develop regionally (e.g. participative Sentiers Rouges, formerly Art in
the Woods); integrating specific urban landscape elements into planned projects (the
spatial vision process to be launched by the Ministry in the framework of the regional plan);
or the planning process to create a specific place of regional significance (e.g. former
waste site). The JPG will then advise on the programme‟s implementation phase, aimed at
improving the attractiveness of the region. These new experiences will inform the
preparation of a joint project proposal for implementation in the Objective 3 Programme.

Timescale: Autumn 2006 to May 2008
Total eligible cost: €150,000


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5. The urban landscape as a place of work and production – led by the Saarland
Ministry of the Environment, developing the roles of the Regional Park for primary
production, biomass supply, tourism and young people.

Open spaces in urban landscapes are not only places for relaxation and recreation; they
also offer jobs. The Regional Park Saar Masterplan, developed through SAUL and
supported by the JPG, aims to create new urban landscape qualities in an old industrial
region through partnership working. It already identifies fields of action and investment for
the next implementation period to 2012; but first, a key concept needs developing. The
partnership wants to reinforce the concept of the urban landscape as a place of work and
production, by exploring the potential through new ideas, innovation and best practice;
involving businesses with other local and regional stakeholders; and identifying new
products.

Case study projects will address four related issues. Primary production will focus on the
special partner role of forestry in Saarland, drawing on the urban forestry concept of the
SAUL pilot project Saarkohlenwald and combining the traditional timber production
business with new service sector landscape activities. It should include direct selling of
forestry and agriculture products, the agricultural use of main clearings in the wooded
landscape, and interpretation for an urban fringe location. A combined heat and power
plant based on biomass, especially from timber, is planned for the former mining site
Warndt and the concept for subsequent usage has been developed as a SAUL pilot. The
next step is to explore brownfield use for biomass for energy production, particularly from
under-used spaces following demographic changes and population loss, and how it might
be integrated aesthetically.

The Masterplan identifies unique tourism potential in the urban landscape, based on
industrial culture and natural heritage. Now the objective is to link urban landscape
projects (rediscovering historic gardens, building wilderness camps, hiking routes) and the
local economy of non-profit organisations (putting digital maps and hiking trail data into
GPS on handhelds, palmtops, smart phones), using new technology for innovative
application to regional tourism. Extending the SAUL+ website by a virtual round table
agency, will support local employment and marketing. The concept „Future Warndt‟
recognised the very limited employment possibilities for young people, and the need for
specific youth projects. These could include integrating the needs of young people into the
conversion of buildings on the mining site, and training and qualifications for skills needed
in the area. The challenges are how to transfer knowledge between generations through
practical application, conserving traditional skills and training and transferring them to new
professional profiles.

Key results will include a good practice guide for the urban landscape as a place of work
and production, drawing on the JPG and transnational experience to help capture
innovative ideas and potential; an action programme for future investments, employment
and qualifications; pilot actions; and concrete future projects. The third Regional Park Saar
Forum and a workshop cluster will integrate the main stakeholders and local businesses
into the process (e.g. a workshop on GPS navigation for hikers and bikers in co-operation
with the Volkshochshcule Stadtverband Saarbrucken, and a „geo-coaching‟ workshop for
young people on access to new technology in the Saarkohlenwald urban landscape).

Timescale: Autumn 2006 to May 2008
Total eligible cost: €266,000



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6. Volewijkspark living environment and socio-economic change – led            by
Amsterdam, with all partners involved in a key Noorderpark development to attract
and integrate new aspirational residents with existing populations, to create
sustainable communities for the future knowledge-based economy.

In their programme for 2006-10, Amsterdam‟s new City Government has recognised that
in order to become one of Europe‟s top five cities, the knowledge-based economy must be
stimulated and accommodated; and that since human capital is the key to this economy,
safe, green and sustainable neighbourhoods are essential magnets for attracting those
who will drive future creative industries. The policy is to achieve a high quality public realm
in the vicinity of the City; but at the same time, a new knowledge-based economy also
highlights growing social inequalities. These must be tackled both through education and
by constructing accessible public space for interaction and integration. These are also
conclusions of the SAUL Report.

Investments in Amsterdam North must be seen in this context of strengthening its position
in the knowledge-based economy. Noorderpark has been a SAUL project. This former
industrialised and docklands area housed blue-collar workers, becoming deprived over
past decades and now one of the poorer regions of the Netherlands. Because of its
proximity to the inner city (the economic core of the region and arguably, of the
Netherlands) with its waterfronts, old buildings and potential for green spaces, the North is
one of the few urban areas that could be developed for this purpose. On the principle that
“new ideas need old buildings” and “attractive public space provokes creative interaction”
(Jacobs/Florida), investments in housing and public space are policy priorities. As an area
the public has previously ignored, its image is still one of under-use and desolation, but
this is now changing.

To promote social inclusion, the aim is both to attract new aspirational and upwardly-
mobile residents for the new economy, and to draw in the original population
(characterised by low incomes and less education) from adjacent neighbourhoods
(Vogelwijk, Van der Pekbuurt) into the Volewijkspark, a part of Noorderpark under
construction. This housing area plan will be developed in co-operation with these adjacent
neighbourhoods, drawing on previous SAUL participation projects with their inspirational
and decisive impact from local response. This extension project will support and develop
that key process with ideas and small investments in response to local priorities. The
challenge is both to revitalise the living environment of current residents, and to provoke
social interaction with incoming residents and other new users of the Noorderpark,
creating the prime condition for social mobility.

Key results will include development of the inclusive housing area plan with residents,
and a new expert JPG to contribute to the spatial and social participation process that will
be crucial to building a sustainable community. Mixed residential social use in new living
environments is an issue shared with other SAUL partners (the London Thames Gateway
housing growth area, Frankfurt commuter belt towns, South Luxembourg housing) so
bringing transnational experience into the process will benefit all partners. Residents‟
workshops have already identified some investment projects (monumental park gateway,
restoring a children‟s learner pool, creative park furniture). The longer-term objective is to
test and demonstrate the city‟s function as a socio-economic escalator, which will be
developed in Objective 3.

Timescale: Autumn 2006 to May 2008
Total eligible cost: €249,680 (Investment €103,860)


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Appendix 3 – JPG Learning Log
JPG:                                                                        Meeting Date:
Name:                                                                       Organisation:

Please expand boxes as required

    1. Individual Learning - What are your key learning points from this JPG? What aspects of this JPG did you find most (or least) useful? Will
       you be able to use this information in your own work, and if so, how?




    2. Organisational Learning - How have/will you transfer your learning to your own organisation? Are there specific examples to show how
       your organisation has changed as a result?




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3. What are the differences between the approach that has been chosen for the delivery of this regional project and the approach of similar
   projects in your own region? What are the similarities?




4. Please give your overall impression of the project and its progress, or any other comments you wish to make.




PLEASE POST YOUR LEARNING LOG ON THE DISCUSSION FORUM FOR YOUR JPG ON WWW.SAULPROJECT.NET
WITHIN 10 WORKING DAYS

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      Appendix 4 – SAUL 2 EXT Timetable, with JPGs and Symposia highlighted

Phase/Action Action Name      Reference     Description                             Concrete Results/Outcomes             Duration    Location of Action
Number                        no.s of                                                                                     (Mths)
                              partners
                              involved
4.0          SAUL 2 EXT       1,2,3,4,7,8,9 Lead Partner develops detailed        Proposals for programme,                2 months    All Partner Regions
             project                        programme, procedures, and            procedures, and systems ready for       (Nov-Dec
             planning                       systems.                              discussion and approval by              2006)
                                            Partners plan implementation of       Steering Group.
                                            Regional projects and Joint Planning  Joint Planning Groups formed.
                                            Group membership, structure, and      Proposals for implementation of
                                            activity.                             Regional projects ready for
                                                                                  discussion and approval by Joint
                                                                                  Planning Group.
4.1          SAUL Steering    1,2,3,4,7,8,9 Steering Group representatives of the Programme, procedures, and              January     Frankfurt
             Group meeting                  SAUL Partners meet to plan, review, systems discussed and agreed.             2007
                                            and discuss SAUL 2 EXT.               Regional projects discussed and
                                                                                  agreed.
                                                                                  First discussion of new Objective 3
                                                                                  project planning.
4.2          SAUL 2 EXT       1,2,3,4,7,8,9 Implementation of Regional projects, Regional projects on site                16 months   One project in each
             Actions and                    in conjunction with JPGs.             (investments) or in practice            (February   Partner region involved
             Investment                                                           (actions).                              2007-May    (London, Frankfurt,
             implementation                                                                                               2008        Saarland, Luxembourg,
                                                                                                                                      Amsterdam, Arnhem-
                                                                                                                                      Nijmegen.
4.3          First round of   1,2,3,4,7,8,9 The transnational Joint Planning        First round of JPG meetings and       3 months    One meeting in each
             SAUL 2 EXT                     Group for SAUL 2 EXT actions and        site visits completed.                (March-     Partner region involved
             JPG meetings                   investments meet, take part in study    Tasks assigned to JPG members.        May 2007)   (London, Frankfurt,
             and study visits               visits.                                 Exchange of ideas, knowledge and                  Saarland, Luxembourg,
                                                                                    practice across NWE regions.                      Amsterdam, Arnhem-
                                                                                    Direct input of JPG members to                    Nijmegen).
                                                                                    planning, design and
                                                                                    implementation of Regional projects
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4.4   SAUL Steering   1,2,3,4,7,8,9 Steering Group meeting held             Discuss progress on Regional         By May      Arnhem-Nijmegen
      Group meeting                 immediately after Symposium to          projects.                            2007
                                    review outcomes.                        Discuss and agree proposals for
                                                                            projects under new Objective 3 and
                                                                            new partners to engage.
4.5   Second round 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 The transnational Joint Planning           Second round of JPG meetings and     3 months    One meeting in each
      of SAUL 2 EXT              Group for SAUL 2 EXT actions and           site visits completed.               (Sept –     Partner region involved
      JPG meetings               investments meet, take part in study       Report and review tasks assigned     Nov 2007)   (London, Frankfurt,
      and study visits           visits, review progress, and report on     to JPG members.                                  Saarland, Luxembourg,
                                 tasks.                                     Exchange of ideas, knowledge and                 Amsterdam, Arnhem-
                                                                            practice across NWE regions.                     Nijmegen).
                                                                            Direct input of JPG members to
                                                                            implementation of Regional
                                                                            projects.
4.6   SAUL            1,2,3,4,7,8,9 SAUL Transnational Planning             Potential new partners engaged.      By Spring   London
      Transnational                 Symposium held involving                Proposals for new Objective 3        2008
      Planning                      approximately 50 participants, to       projects progressed.
      Symposium                     examine the relevance of SAUL’s
                                    experience to possible new partners;
                                    examine the progress of Regional
                                    projects; and consider proposals for
                                    projects under the new Objective 3.
4.7   SAUL Steering   1,2,3,4,7,8,9 Steering Group meeting held to          Discuss outcome of SAUL 2 EXT        By Spring   London
      Group meeting                 review outcome of SAUL 2 EXT,           and Regional projects.               2008
                                    discuss forward strategy.               Discuss forward strategy.
4.8   SAUL 2 EXT      1,2,3,4,7,8,9 Conclude all aspects of project         All final documentation completed,   5 months  London
      Project                       documentation and reporting,            audited and submitted to             (May-
      Conclusion                    including auditing, final claim and     Secretariat.                         September
                                    final report submission.                                                     2008)




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Appendix 5 – SAUL 2 EXT Partner Contacts

Groundwork London (Lead Partner)            Planungsverband Ballungsraum
18-21 Morley Street                         Frankfurt/Rhein-Main
London SE1 7QZ                              Reinhard Henke
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7922 1230                   Beate Schwartz
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7922 1219                   Poststrasse 16
Clive Fox Tel: +44 (0) 20 7960 2673         60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
cfox@groundwork.org.uk                      Tel: +49 (0) 69 2577-1611
Anita Konrad Tel: +44 (0) 20 7960 2672      Fax: +49 (0) 69 2577-1610
anita.konrad@groundwork.org.uk              reinhard.henke@planungsverband.de
Rhiannon Lewis Tel: +44 (0) 20 7960 2674    Beate.Schwarz@planungsverband.de
Rhiannon.Lewis@groundwork.org.uk
Martin Jones Tel: +44 (0) 20 7960 2683
MartinR.jones@groundwork.org.uk             Ministère de l'Intérieur - Direction de
Owain Williams: +44 (0) 20 7960 2686        l'Aménagement du Territoire et de
Owain.Williams@groundwork.org.uk            l’Urbanisme
                                            Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de
                                            Luxembourg
Greater London Authority (GLA)              Philippe Peters
Jane Carlsen                                Carmen Wagener
John O‟Neil                                 1, rue due Plébiscite
City Hall                                   Luxembourg L-2341
Queen‟s Walk                                Tel: +352 478 69 24
London SE1 2AA                              Fax: +352 40 89 70
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7983 4287                   philippe.peters@mat.etat.lu
jane.carlsen@london.gov.uk                  carmen.wagener@mat.etat.lu
john.oneil@london.gov.uk

                                            City of Amsterdam
Ministry of the Environment Saarland        Physical Planning Department
Brigitte Jülch-Schumann                     Jos Gadet
Keplerstraße 18                             Truke van Koeverden
66117 Saarbrücken                           P.O. 2758, 1000 CT Amsterdam
Germany                                     The Netherlands
Tel: +49 (0) 681 501 4604                   Tel: +31 (0) 20 5527862
Fax: +49 (0) 681 501 4601                   Fax: +31 (0) 20 5527787
Represented by agl                          J.Gadet@dro.amsterdam.nl
Andrea Hartz                                T.vanKoeverden@dro.amsterdam.nl
Großherzog-Friedrich-Straße 47
66111 Saarbrücken
Germany                                     Staatsbosbeheer Regio Oost
Tel: +49 (0) 681 61766                      Femke Vergeest
Fax: +49 (0) 681 63029                      Postbus 6
b.juelch@umwelt.saarland.de                 7400 AA
andreahartz@agl-online.de                   Deventer
                                            The Netherlands
                                            Tel: +31 (0) 570747 100
                                            Fax:
                                            f.vergeest@staatsbosbeheer.nl




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