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Regional rural land use: a time for fresh thinking?

A Relu Policy and Practice Note (No. 8) which, as English regions prepare for their first Integrated Regional Strategies, poses the question what role could, and should, rural land play in the regeneration of both rural – and urban – areas?

Year of Publication2009

As the English regions prepare for their first Integrated Regional Strategies, what role could, and should, rural land play in the regeneration of both rural – and urban – areas? And with concerns over food and energy security, public health, and climate change rising high on the political agenda, is it time to think again about what rural land is for? In England, if not the UK as a whole, less consideration has been given to rural, compared with urban land use, and the policy framework has recognised only a very limited range of the opportunities that rural land presents.– Since the Second World War, planning policy in the countrysidehas largely been about constraining development while protectinggreen belts and nationally important landscapes and safeguardingagricultural land– Rural policy has been seen as an adjunct to agricultural policy bothin the UK and within Europe – if farming was successful then ruralareas would flourish

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rural planning policyregenerationplanning policy
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