Economic Development


Planning system 'puts off landowners'

17 July 2017

ALMOST two thirds of rural landowners would build new homes to rent or buy if they had more confidence in the attitudes and processes of local planning authorities, a new report has revealed. (Staffordshire Newsletter)


Blueprint to transform economy of rural Wales

10 July 2017

A DEDICATED rural Wales plan aimed at boosting skills, concentrating on new technology and finding ways to benefit Welsh farmers and small businesses could have a massive impact. (Cambrian News)


Rural areas at risk unless government acts

6 July 2017

Rural areas in England could become ‘enclaves of the affluent’ unless the government tackles the lack of affordable housing and the impact of austerity on local services, says a report. (The Planner)


Anne McIntosh: Where is Brexit vision for rural areas?

27 June 2017

Challenges facing rural areas are just as challenging as those facing urban areas., says former MP Anne McIntosh (Yorkshire Post)


Countryfile’s John Craven: We all have a country gene in us

18 July 2017

Farming is an essential part of the countryside but it’s by no means the most important economic aspect of country life.” (iNews)


Growth Hub helps more than 2,000 businesses in first year

5 July 2017

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub has helped more than 2,100 businesses since it was founded just over a year ago. (Somerset Live)


Talks continue over North East devolution deal

7 July 2017

North Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council and Newcastle City Council say they are still committed to securing a devolution deal with the Government. (News Guardian)


Clarity on future funding for rural local authorities

5 July 2017

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is calling for clarity for councils after the Local Government Finance Bill was omitted from the Government’s legislative programme. (Northumberland Gazette)


Rural areas get £1bn to end traffic 'misery'

4 July

Rural areas could get a share of £1billion a year to build bypasses and protect beauty spots from the "misery of lorries and thundering traffic". (The Telegraph)


Can National Parks show how to make Brexit work?

17 July 2017

If the British national parks are a microcosm of the challenges thrown up by Brexit, could they also be case studies in how to solve them? (Huffington Post)