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Recognising rural interests within Regional Strategies
Briefing note for Responsible Regional Authorities and those concerned with rural policy in the regions
The Commission for Rural Communities, as the Government's appointed expert rural adviser, has produced a briefing note to assist and support Responsible Regional Authorities (RRAs) and those concerned with rural policy in the regions to ensure that rural interests are fully recognised in forthcoming Regional Strategies.
The briefing is designed to build on much of the work that is already underway across regions, and is intended to provide RRAs and others with a reminder of the key mainstream and rural policies which will help to inform the drafting of Regional Strategies, as well as setting out various rural proofing measures.
It also outlines a range of key issues through which rural areas can contribute to Regional Strategies, particularly in terms of the intended focus on sustainable economic growth underpinned by sustainable development. Such key issues include: the untapped potential within some rural economies; and the need to address critical challenges in terms of housing, planning, employment and skills and also Next Generation Access digital infrastructure.
Regional interpretation of this briefing note will be critical to its success and it is hoped that RRAs and others find it a helpful reinforcement of what is already taking place across the regions.