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Hamburg: New village centre in Brunow


Detailed description of the Good Practice

With the support of NEW BRIDGES project Hamburg has been improving the cooperation between the city and its surrounding region at strategic level, as well as through concrete projects at community level.

One of these projects is our Pilot Action “New village centre” in Brunow, a small village in the county of Ludwigslust 130 km from Hamburg in the federal state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

It became obvious that one of the biggest challenges in rural villages is the lack of infrastructure like grocery stores or social services. Support for maintaining and developing further the rural village centres is needed.

The project has actively sought new ways to support the maintenance and development of the rural village centres.

quality of life
urban planning
stakeholder involvement

Objectives of the Good Practice

to support the maintenance and development of the rural village centres

Participants of the Good Practice

the Federal state government
authorities of Hamburg and the county of Ludwigslust

Target group of the Good Practice

inhabitants of the village Dambeck

Funding of the Good Practice

the European Union (European Regional Development Fund within the BSR Programme)
Regional and local authorities

More Details of the Good Practice

During two stakeholder workshops some concrete ideas to improve the accessibility and quality of services were developed together with the local residents, for example exchange of voluntary services and improving the supply at the farmers’ market. Other topics like mobile healthcare services and the further development of public transport with a bus on-demand service were also mentioned. NEW BRIDGES project provided a platform and tools for the participation process and brought in some new ideas especially from Hamburg’s point of view. It is also in Hamburg’s interest to increase the attractiveness of its rural neighbourhoods as an area for living and recreation.

The Federal state government has identified the same challenges concerning service production in rural areas. Additional local workshops in Brunow are planned and will be organised in connection with a new public funding program seeking to redevelop village centres in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

Throughout the NEW BRIDGES project the ties between Hamburg and the county of Ludwigslust have become closer, not only through the practical work carried out on the ground, but also at strategic level. The work in the project has from the outset been linked with an existing process at the federal state level designed to improve cooperation between the City of Hamburg and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Both the county and the federal state have been very active in the Northern German cooperation programme entitled Project Partnership North, the follow-up to the MORO-process (model project on urban rural partnerships, 2007-2010). As an outcome of the process Ludwigslust County and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania will become official members of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. This new status will help to continue and intensify this collaboration and further develop urban-rural projects between Hamburg and Ludwigslust.

Documentation and documents

NEW BRIDGES project http://www.urbanrural.net

Available files

Contact details

Guido Sempell
e-mail: guido.sempell@bsu.hamburg.de

Mr. Lauri Hooli
Project coordinator
Mob. +358 40 764 0683

Ms. Maija Rusanen
Communication coordinator
Mob. +358 44 9075994

Data sources and references

Planning Together for Better Quality of Life - Guide for Integrated Management of Urban Rural Interaction
News Bridge 1/2011