The government has been challenged by the Countryside Landowners Association to breathe more life into rural areas ...
The government has been challenged by the Countryside Landowners Association to breathe more life into rural areas by having less central regulation, more job creation and greater development, reports Radio 4's Farming Today programme.
The challenge is outlined in a 25 point action plan which the CLA is submitting as part of the consultation in preparation for the government's promised white paper on rural policy.
CLA president Hugh Doubley said the plan was intended to focus debate on the importance of economic activity in the countryside. He hoped the white paper would produce a much more integrated approach to rural activity and take account of the effects of the inevitable changes to the common agricultural policy.
Government policy could help improve rural housing and transport. Planning controls were the major constraint on economic activity in the countryside. The CLA wanted a system of incentives to manage and develop existing resources rather than regulation not to do things.