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Cultural Creative Industries & the Built Environment

The Place

The enhancement of Quality of Place is core to the ambitions of PUSH. It is imperative that, when delivered, economic development and housing growth in South Hampshire contributes to improved quality of life for existing as well as new residents.

South Hampshire has long held a reputation as a highly desirable place to live and work. Historically this area was the cradle of the English language, the home of the Navy, the embarkation point for the Pilgrim Fathers, and the birthplace of cricket. South Hampshire residents enjoy access to a top quality professional cultural, and sporting offer with a wide and varied range of opportunities including Premiership Football, Test Cricket, internationally significant, museums, festivals and theatres. Residents also live within easy reach of the coast, two national parks, and some of the nation’s most prized historic environments.

Creative industries are the fastest growing business sector in the Solent LEP area. Employment in the sector nearly doubled in the 10 year period up until 2012. The sector is estimated to currently support around 20 000 Jobs and 4 000 businesses

The culture, creative industries and built environment theme panel’s  work programme has been designed to ensure that South Hampshire is well placed to take full advantage of its strengths by offering new, and existing residents, high quality places in which to live, work, and invest. The programme aims to

  • Promote access and participation in a wide range of cultural and sporting activities.

  • Develop cultural and creative industries, both as drivers of the economy and as contributors to Quality of Place.

  • Enhance tourism and the visitor economy.

  • Ensure new developments conform to high standards of design so as to increase liveability in the sub region.