BUILDERS could offset the environmental impact of their developments by paying farmers to create rural wildlife habitats.
PEOPLE living in market towns have the highest levels of life satisfaction, suggests new statistics.
COUNTRYSIDE campaigners are divided over proposals that would make it easier to convert agricultural buildings into houses.
NEW laws making it harder for thieves to dispose of stolen scrap metal have been welcomed by rural businesses.
CHANGES aimed at making it easier to build housing in rural towns and villages have met a mixed reaction.
RURAL experts will explore the economic, social and environmental opportunities provided by the South Pennines landscape.
ONLINE guidance will simplify the planning system and encourage more community involvement, says the government.
Countryside campaigners have called for public paths, common land and village greens to be protected when land is sold.
A MAJOR road building progamme threatens to devastate the rural environment, say countryside campaigners.
COMMUNITIES will have a greater say over the siting of onshore wind farms, the government has announced.
ENGLAND'S National Parks are worth as much as the UK aerospace industry to the economy, says a report.
Changes to planning rules will make it easier to bring redundant rural buildings back into use.
CHEAPER energy bills could be offered to rural communities that agree to local shale-gas extraction.
RESIDENTS have voted a resounding 'yes' in the UK's first neighbourhood plan referendum.
A £2.3bn government investment in flood defences continues to discriminate against rural areas, business leaders have warned.
PROPOSALS to ease planning rules will put the countryside at risk, say conservationists.
RURAL business leaders are urging councils not to cut back on repairs to roads damaged by freezing temperatures.
RURAL insurer NFU Mutual faces a bill of up to £20m following floods across the Midlands, south-west England and Wales.
RURAL businesses are calling for a planning system that is less costly and bureaucratic to encourage growth in the countryside.
LOCAL councils should avoid creating 'buffer zones' around villages to stop wind turbines blighting communities, says a report.
A BAN on the import of ash trees to combat the threat of ash dieback could be too late to stop the disease spreading across the UK.
WALKERS are learning the skills they need to join the growing ranks of footpath volunteers in Oxfordshire.
A FREE tree scheme is being made available to farmers and rural landowners in Leicestershire.
WIND farms in the countryside must generate more benefits for local communities, the government has warned.
RURAL campaigners have called on the government to maintain its pledge to protect the green belt.
SIX rural communities across County Durham are the latest to have their say on local conservation.
LANDOWNERS have joined forces with a local authority to make it easier to remove fly-tipped waste from private land.
MANY rural roads could see their speed limits reduced from 60mph to 40mph under new guidance to local authorities.
RURAL communities are stepping up campaigns against the siting of wind turbines in the countryside.
RURAL campaigners have renewed calls to make it easier to fine people for littering from cars.
PROPOSALS to modernise the process of recording rights of way have been unveiled by the government.
BRITAIN'S best 50 places to live are highlighted in a survey of rural areas with the best quality of life.
MPs have called on the government to help protect rural cyclists by improving road safety.
MORE than half of England's countryside is at risk from proposals to reform the planning system, claim campaigners.
RURAL campaigners want further changes to the government's plans for a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham.
SIGNIFICANT changes must be made to the government's draft planning framework, MPs have warned.
RURAL businesses have thrown their weight behind a parliamentary bid to thwart the sale of stolen metal.
RURAL local authorities are among those with the highest recycling rates, according to the latest government figures.
PRESSURE to build on Green Belt land will be removed with the revocation of regional plans, claims the government.
GOVERNMENT plans to shake up planning rules have met a different response from rural lobby groups.
ILLEGAL fly-tipping costs taxpayers more than £40m last year, according to new figures.
NEW planning guidelines will support sustainable development in the countryside, says the government.
RURAL organisations in Cumbria have joined forces with police to tackle illegal off-roaders in the Lake District National Park.
RURAL communities will suffer unless vital European funding is retained, conservationists have warned.
MEASURES giving people the power to run local communities threaten green spaces, conservationists have warned.
A PROJECT to protect a market town from flooding is to receive further funding from Defra.
RURAL England faces inescapable changes in the drive to secure enough energy, a government minister has warned.
RURAL groups are divided over a government pledge to reform the planning process.
ENGLAND'S public forests are still at risk – despite a government U-turn that means they will not now be sold, campaigners have warned.