Examples of the transfer from potential plan to implementation phase:
A part of the potential plan for the town of Øster Hurup, which won the award as the ‘Strongest Coastal Town Concept in Denmark’ at the end of the conference for ‘Coastal Towns in Growth’ (Kystbyer I Vækst), is well on its way to be implemented:
The new backbone of the town is the most important element for the holistic plan for Øster Hurup, which in general should create cohesion in the town, solve traffic issues and create more space, with room for vulnerable and other road users and increased town life. The realisation of the plan should result in a town, as an experience, should offer space, links and functions which makes it more fun and more interesting to visit and live in the town – for all.
The project surrounding the backbone of the town will give the central part of the town’s physical environment a boost and the connection between town and harbour, the three central town spaces will be programmed with new functions and create space for different activities. The results would make the central part of Øster Hurup multi-functional and more useful, the town will be experienced as a cohesive area with a town environment of high quality.
A diverse and cohesive coastal town
The project of the new backbone of the town responds to the point of criticism from the guest satisfaction analysis, and it is expected to have large effect on the attraction of new visitors. Visitors will have a better and more cohesive experience when visiting the town, where the level of town environment, beach, nature and the level of service is much higher. The new backbone of the town will promote existing qualities in the town and, with the cohesion and the three above mentioned functions in the town centre which, in turn, will add more to do for many different user groups. The hopes and expectations are that the existing tourists will stay longer, choose to return and work as ambassadors for the town of Øster Hurup when they are back home. With a lot of upgraded and new town spaces that will add unique diversity to the central part of Øster Hurup, Øster Hurup will, in turn, appeal and accommodate the needs of a wider spectrum of target audiences, thus having more visitors.
The goal of the realisable project
”Realisability” has been a keyword all through the process of the development of an overall plan for Øster Hurup. Focus has always been that the result should be ‘realisable’ and the goal was to get as close to realising as possible.
Anchoring and realisation
The political anchoring has been successful, and the town council set aside 8,5 million DKK at a budget negotiation, for the first phase of the project in Øster Hurup.