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1409: Rural Policy in England

This paper is summarised from an SAC Rural Policy Centre Briefing. “Rural Policy in England” prepared by Frances Rowe.

Year of Publication2011

The OECD review was positive about the approach to England’s rural policy that went wider than farming and policy interventions which tilted more towards investment rather than subsidy. Key issues: effective mainstreaming and joined up policy-making; the National Planning Policy Framework needs to enable rural growth and protect the countryside; neighbourhood planning within a clear local plan; the benefits and challenges of introducing initiatives to stimulate rural growth, such as rural growth zones; the challenges facing small and micro businesses; and the importance of stronger connections between investment in land management and the development of the wider rural economy.

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