REMADE is concerned with removing the physical evidence of dereliction, such as collapsed buildings and structures, old foundations, rubble and debris. It is also dealing with the potential risks from pollution of land and water caused by chemical contamination of the soil resulting from former tipping or industrial activity. In partnership with local communities sites are being put to positive uses, including landscaped open space, sports facilities, play areas, parks and gardens, nature reserves, footpaths, cycleways and bridleways. New woodland creation will be the focus of another Northwest Regional Development Agency programme called Newlands 2, being set up in partnership with the Forestry Commission.
REMADE is not aimed at derelict sites which are to be redeveloped for housing, offices, industry or other commercial uses. The Northwest Regional Development Agency has other programmes for dealing with these sites.
REMADE has been set up to reclaim derelict, under used and neglected land in Lancashire and will focus on parts of the county where previous activities are most likely to have caused dereliction and where the greatest contribution to regeneration will be achieved.
The priority areas and themes are:
By concentrating activity in these areas REMADE will help create new facilities where they can bring most benefit to communities in need and contribute to the improvement of the local economy and quality of life.
A survey of derelict, under-used and neglected (DUN) land was carried out across the North West in 2002 using aerial photographs taken in 2000. The survey identified about 100 sites that are suitable for meeting the REMADE objectives. This is the starting point for site selection.
Sites are included in the REMADE programme if they are located within the priority areas and have a positive impact on regeneration.. Sites with the most potential to deliver public benefit and that can be reclaimed over the life of the programme have been chosen for REMADE investment.
At this stage 31 sites have been identified for further assessment. If any of these sites are found to be unsuitable, too costly or have other obstacles which prevent reclamation taking place at the present time, other sites will be brought forward. Details on the progress of the 31 sites are available in the INDIVIDUAL SITES section.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency is the principal funder for REMADE and has earmarked £21.6 million for the programme.
Lancashire County Council has set up a team to manage REMADE and has contributed £366,000 of funding towards the programme. Contact details for the team can be found in the Contacts section.
REMADE Partners taking an active role in the project include Lancashire’s 14 district and unitary Councils, Lancashire Economic Partnership, the Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Groundwork.
Local people are also getting their chance to have a say. The team are working closely with communities to design sites that meet their needs and aspirations. We are encouraging people to get involved and play a part in the development and management of sites to ensure their long-term success.
To deliver projects on REMADE sites we take the following steps:
Site appraisal – an assessment of ecology, landscape, history, contamination, ownership, planning, current site use, etc.
Design – community consultation, design options, selection of the preferred option, planning permission, costs and funding, management plans.
Implementation – selecting contractors, work on site, site opening, after-care.
The first completed REMADE scheme was at Star Delph quarry in Hyndburn.