Stimulating Enterprising Environments for Development and Sustainability

Background and Aim


SEEDS’ main aim was to promote the reuse of vacant sites by working transnationally to implement innovative spatial planning policy instruments, and by stimulating regeneration and sustainability across the North Sea Region to create thriving locations in which to live, work and invest.


Across the North Sea Region vacant and derelict sites pose an increasingly urgent threat to territorial cohesion and economic competitiveness. This deters investment in declining areas, threatening parity and undermining economic equity between North Sea Regions. Reasons may include market failure, inflexible planning policies, shrinking populations or vested interests of speculative investors who sit on land-banks of empty sites until land values rise.

Policy responses remain piecemeal and uncoordinated, and no structure exists to enable innovative solutions to be shared transnationally. The result is unattractive, high-profile and wasted sites that deter investment and undermine North Sea Regions as places in which to live, work and invest. 

PROJECT DURATION: 2012-01-01 - 2015-06-30
ERDF GRANT: 2,334,659.00 €
LEAD BENEFICIARY: South Yorkshire Forest Partnership (Sheffield City Council)

Information Hub

Newsletter One
Re-Use of Vacant Industrial Buildings
SEEDS Presentation Launch Conference
SEEDS Presentation 2 Launch Conference
Givrum Presentation SEEDS Launch Conference
Thinkspace Presentation SEEDS Launch Conference
Gothenburg Pilots Sept 2012
Living with Nature UK Pilot Sept 2012
Hamburg Pilots Sept 2012
Belgium Pilots Sept 2012
Dutch Pilots Sept 2012
Rotherham Renaissance UK Pilot Sept 2012
Showcase/Porter Brook UK Pilots Sept 2012
A11 BE Pilot June 2013
Dudzeelse BE Pilot June 2013
Smedetoften DK Pilot June 2013
St Kjeld DK Pilot June 2013
Valby DK Pilot June 2013
Boiler Building DK Pilot June 2013
Gamlestaden SE Pilot June 2013
Linnestaden SE Pilot June 2013
River City SE June 2013
Cultural Warehouse DE Pilot June 2013
Empty Shops DE Pilot MkI June 2013
Empty Shops DE Pilot MkII June 2013
UdN DE Pilot June 2013
Assen NL Pilot June 2013
Groningen NL Pilot June 2013
Leek NL Pilot June 2013
Noordenveld NL Pilot June 2013
Living with Nature UK Pilot June 2013
Porter Brook UK Pilot June 2013
Rotherham Renaissance UK Pilot June 2013
Sheffield Showcase UK Pilot June 2013
A11 BE Pilot Feb 2013
Assen NL Pilot Feb 2013
Cultural Warehouse DE Pilot Feb 2013
Dudzeelse Polder BE Pilot Feb 2013
Empty Shops DE Pilot Feb 2013
Gamlestaden SE Pilot Feb 2013
Groningen NL Pilot Feb 2013
Leek NL Pilot Feb 2013
Linnestaden SE Pilot Feb 2013
Noordenveld NL Pilot Feb 2013
UdN DE Pilot Feb 2013
UK Pilots Feb 2013
CADS SEEDS Collaborator Jun 2014
Meanwhile Space Collaborator Jun 2014
SKINN SEEDS Collaborator Jun 2014
Pilots Key Learning Points Dec 2014
SEEDS Final Report
SEEDS Charter
WP6 Addressing Citizens Skills Gaps Report
WP3 Conceptual Framework Report
WP5 Book of Pilots Report
WP6 People and Partnerships Report
WP3 SWOT Analysis Report
WP3 Temporary Use Case Studies Report
WP3 Temporary Use Practice Report
WP6 Transnational Working Groups Report
SEEDS Final Conference Report
Living/Dwelling Publication
Process Publication
Newsletter Two
Newsletter Three
Newsletter Four
Photo History of A11 Pilot BE 2015
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