LOCAL councils and rural business leaders are divided over calls by MPs for a review of national planning policy.
Funding is available for rural initiatives that benefit communities – such as projects involving village shops, pubs and the delivery of other important services.
The 50 local authority districts with the best quality of rural life have been revealed in a wide-ranging survey.
AN influential committee of MPs has expressed concerns over the government's Right-to-Buy plans.
The lack of affordable rural homes could be exacerbated by government policies, rural business leaders have warned.
LOCAL residents in Surrey are being asked to help make rural services more resilient.
A £500,000 government fund aims to help community organisers mobilise local residents.
The government has awarded £1.2m to nine organisations working with youngsters in deprived or rural areas.
Grants of more than £2,500 are available for small businesses and community groups in Derbyshire.
LOCAL housing targets are being driven by over-ambition rather than need, claim campaigners.
COMMUNITY groups can now apply for a rural support grant from Cheshire West and Chester Council.
A national forum which represents volunteers who run village halls is to close after almost 35 years.