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South Bank/Greater Eston base line study

South Bank/Greater Eston base line study was established to establish the baseline position and design a robust strategy for a 25 year longitudinal assessment of the impact of the delivery of a large scale regeneration project: the Greater Eston Regeneration Master Plan. It recorded the journey of regeneration in South Bank to identify the impacts on the area and on local people's quality of life and wellbeing. It also provided a forum for residents and stakeholders to comment on (and potentially influence) the regeneration process.

This project originates from interest expressed by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in the evaluation of the impact of a large scale regeneration project in Greater Eston. The North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NEIEP) agreed to promote a study to evaluate the potential to establish a longitudinal study to monitor the performance and impact of the Greater Eston Master Plan. The project was commissioned by the Institute for Local Governance and was funded in part by the Institute for Local Governance and the NEIEP. The research was undertaken by researchers from the Sustainable Cities Research Institute at Northumbria University and the Policy Research Group at St Chad's College, Durham University. A report has been compiled summarising the analysis and findings of the secondary and primary data collection that has been undertaken in the South Bank area of Greater Eston, which is at the heart of the wider Greater Eston Master Plan.

Highlights from the report

The report intended to provide a baseline for the Greater Eston Regeneration Master Plan - the large scale regeneration project, focusing on the neighbourhood of South Bank. Over the last two decades, the area had millions of pounds of regeneration funding and is likely to have more spent on it in future. There was, however, a lack in real evidence of its impact on the community and the lives of residents. A long term study of the area should track changes in people's circumstances, wellbeing and quality of life, and link these changes to progress in the regeneration process. This will provide indications of whether the regeneration of the area worked in improving quality of life over the long term.

A people-centred approach - talking to the people who live and work in South Bank, who have an interest in the area and care about its future - helped develop an understanding of what the area is like now and what has shaped it. Building relationships gained trust to start to lay the groundwork for the longitudinal study, and identified important related aspects such as trust in local institutions and agencies, faith in the future of the area, and resilience. This range of data is the baseline of the longitudinal process, describing South Bank as it is now.