Glamorgan Heritage Coast: Feasibility into viable commercial opportunities

Client: Vale of Glamorgan Council

PSC was commissioned by The Vale of Glamorgan Council to complete a feasibility study into viable commercial opportunities, outdoor activities and events to enhance the development of business and employment in the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Coastal tourism

As part of its wider strategy for the Heritage Coast, The Council wanted to identify approaches to enhance the quality of the visitor experience along the coastal areas and to increase the economic contribution from the leisure and tourism sectors.

coastal education

Our work carried out an overall appraisal of development opportunities and then focussed on a detailed review of three priority sites and project plans.

Our work incorporated

  • An assessment of the current visitor offer, existing levels of use and the quality of the visitor experience
  • Market review including an assessment of the demographic profile and identifying case examples which demonstrated critical success factors at other comparable coastal sites in the UK
  • Consultation with staff, landowners and other stakeholders
  • An options assessment to identify and assess the priority potential development opportunities
  • Production of summary project cost and outline trading profile

Key outcome

  • Helped to identify opportunities to increase visitor numbers and income
  • The work identified ‘quick wins’ which could be implemented immediately and actions to enhance the visitor experience over the medium and long term.
  • The review and assessment led to the development of a phased strategy which prioritised lead development opportunities
  • Identified main funding support routes