RR7: Rural Reniassance: Ten challenges for creating sustainable and inclusive rural communities
The recent focus on rural regeneration has been sparked by interest in housing affordability and growth, the debate around city regions and administrative changes to the funding and delivery of rural regeneration, as well as the creation of Natural England.
In particular, these issues have accompanied a renewed interest in how to ensure lasting change in some of our more sparsely populated, deprived areas and how best to narrow the gap between the least well performing areas and the rest of the country. Indeed, it is the same agenda as has driven much urban policy making in recent years. Consequently, this Rapid Research looks to examine issues that are relevant to those communities and practioners working in rural regeneration and offer thoughts and recommendations as to how rural regeneration policy should be focused in the future, in order to narrow the gap between the most deprived rural communities and the rest of the country.