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Rural policy

Is there a rural strategy for the East Riding of Yorkshire?

Yes. Work is well underway in the preparation of a new Rural Strategy for 2016-2020. This will include a major revision of the Strategy and the Action Plan. For more information on the new Strategy and how to comment on the final draft please see the sections below.

A mini-refresh of the existing (2013-2016) Strategy was conducted in early 2015 and includes a ‘holding’ review of the current Action Plan, giving a current position statement on existing actions and their associated work-streams, and an indication of future direction of travel in each instance.

A copy of the Mini Refresh 2015/16 and the Rural Strategy (2013-2016) can be downloaded below:

The East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Strategy 2013-2016 2015/16 mini-refresh (pdf 277kb opens in new window)

The East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Strategy 2013-2016 (pdf 5mb opens in new window)

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What is the 2016-2020 Rural Strategy?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Partnership have developed a new Rural Strategy for 2016-2020. The Strategy was created in order to raise the profile of rural issues. Key issues included in the new Rural Strategy are:

The Rural Strategy aims to support positive, sustainable rural development during these economically challenging times by tackling the problems faced by rural businesses, the farming sector and rural communities in respect of accessing services, and by developing opportunities presented by the landscape and heritage of the East Riding, and local food especially in the tourism sector.

The goal of the East Riding of Yorkshire 2016-2020 Rural Strategy is that people of all ages can live, work and thrive in the Rural East Riding , which is itself, vibrant and sustainable.

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How was the 2016-2020 Rural Strategy created?

The Rural Strategy was created following a consultation process to define your issues, opportunities and priorities for the new Rural Strategy. 

Our consultation process included:

  • An online East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Strategy consultation questionnaire open to all; 
  • Consultation workshops held in community venues across the East Riding for anyone with an interest in rural areas ;
  • Meeting and feedback sessions with community leaders, professionals and residents, including those with specialist knowledge, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council officers.

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How can I view and comment on the 2016-2020 Rural Strategy?

The final draft of the East Riding of Yorkshire 2016-2020 Rural Strategy is now closed for comment and will go through the final stages of approval. After approval, the final version will be available here to download and view.

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What work does the council's rural policy team undertake?

The council has a small rural policy team in the Directorate of Planning and Economic Regeneration. The team works to ensure that the council and partner organisations are kept up-to-date of the latest rural issues and developments, and seeks to influence rural policy decisions at all levels.

The team leads on the preparation of the council's rural strategy and action plan. Our work also includes contributing to national policy consultations on a range of matters to ensure that the local, rural voice is heard. Recent work has included renewable energy, the natural environment, countryside access and rural transport.

For further information on rural matters please contact the council’s rural policy team.

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Where can I find out more about national policies affecting the East Riding?

Information on all areas of national government policy (including health, education, business, welfare and pensions) can be found at Directgov (external website).

For additional information on national policies affecting rural communities and land
use, please follow the links to the following government departments:

DEFRA responsibilities include food, farming and biodiversity. Government agencies such as Natural England, Environment Agency, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency all work for Defra.

DCLG responsibilities include rural social and community issues, and the emerging ‘Big Society’ and localism agenda.

DECC is responsible for renewable energy and carbon reduction policy.

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