Rural Commentary

Sunday, 03 February 2013 21:32

Tracking economic and child deprivation

A FLURRY of deprivation statistics once again struggles to measure rural needs adequately, says Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 23:37

Lessons from flagship neighbourhood plan

THERE are lesson to be learnt from the independent examiner's report on the draft Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan, writes Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:20

What inflates rural house prices?

NEW research suggests that the type of housing available in rural areas is what most explains its lack of affordability, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 11 November 2012 13:08

Rural development approaches

RURAL communities need capacity-building support if they are all to meet the challenge of austerity, writes Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 23 September 2012 08:39

Mobile broadband demand set to rise

DEMAND for mobile access to broadband will continue to grow rapidly in rural areas, writes Brian Wilson.

Friday, 31 August 2012 07:13

Rural health needs rural dimension

NEW guidance aimed at local authorities assuming public health responsibilities is helpful, but it needs a rural dimension, argues Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 11 March 2012 21:28

Welfare reform for rural housing?

ARE there any issues coming out of welfare reform for those in rural housing? Stuart Davies finds out.

Monday, 23 January 2012 22:05

Time for a change?

SHOULD the government heed MPs' advice and make significant changes to its draft planning policy?

Monday, 12 December 2011 10:03

What benefit from the Right to Buy?

The revitalised Right to Buy - what does it mean for rural communities? Stuart Davies investigates.

Sunday, 03 July 2011 07:46

We need affordable rural homes

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 22:52

The Big Society - a Big Con?

Is the Big Society failing to deliver? Yes, says Gordon Morris.

Sunday, 03 October 2010 09:12

Rights of way 'must remain open'

AXING rights of way services would devastate the rural economy, argues Marilyn Meeks.


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