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.
THE government has launched a public consultation into its proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham.
RURAL districts are among those with the best recycling rates, according to government figures.
ENGLAND'S rural environment has undergone a dramatic improvement, suggests a Defra survey.
LOCAL councils are spending too much to clear up after fly-tippers, claims the country's largest rubbish clearance company.
RURAL communities will benefit from the government's spending review commitment to renewable energy, say experts.
PROSECUTIONS for fly-tipping soared by more than 20%, reveal the latest offical statistics.
UNCERTAINTY over government plans to create a public footpath around the English coastline has left rural businesses in limbo.
CONSERVATIONISTS have joined forces to paint a grim picture of a countryside starved of money by budget cuts.
ENGLAND’S National Parks have had their budgets cut by 5% this year.
BAD planning has left the countryside choked by man-made clutter such as pylons, phone masts and road signs, say rural campaigners.
RURAL roads are becoming less congested, reveal the latest government statistics.
LANDOWNERS have warned of the danger of “cowboy” fly-tippers dumping waste in the countryside.
BUSINESSES and local authorities are being offered help to turn rural waste into energy and fuel.
A £4m fund – the first of its kind in the country - has been launched to support rural renewable energy projects.
Business leaders have launched a three-point plan to combat fly-tipping in the countryside.
THE government’s rural watchdog has warned against a blanket restriction on development in the countryside.
RURAL households are now eligible to save money under the government’s boiler scrappage scheme.
THE government’s rural watchdog has outlined its programme to promote renewable energy in the countryside.
RURAL communities in north-east England are being urged to adopt greener energy sources.
RURAL communities are being granted £11m to deal with England's changing coastline.
INVESTMENT in the natural environment is critical to long term prosperity, says a study.
RURAL campaigners have criticised the government's energy policy for its reliance on coal.
A MORE beautiful countryside is key to a better future, claim campaigners.
THE South Downs is to become England’s ninth National Park.
CLIMATE change means big changes for the countryside, says the government's landscape agency.
TRAFFIC levels have soared by 40% in some rural areas over the past 15 years.
LOCAL authorities are having to contend with a 500% increase in litter, says a study.
A TEAM of experts has been established to secure a better future for Dartmoor National Park.
NATURAL England is to make the countryside more accessible for disabled people.
THE government's rural watchdog flags up ways of combating climate change.
THE government publishes results from its biggest ever countryside survey.