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Realising the Potential of Abandoned Military Sites as an Integral part of Sustainable Urban Community Regeneration

The withdrawal of the military presence from an urban area often happens suddenly leading to extremely adverse circumstances for the economy and communities affected.

Former military or heritage sites provide excellent potential to act as the catalyst for urban regeneration, many consist of historic buildings dating back over centuries and the source of rich cultural heritage. The challenge is to transform these abandoned sites into thriving sources of economic activity, employment and social cohesion.

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Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning Networks within a period of 12-14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflects and integrates all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
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