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“Broad” welcome for Queen’s Speech – CLA

[Thursday 04 December 2008]

FARMERS and rural business owners were today digesting some of the complex proposals laid out by the Government in yesterday's Queens’s Speech to the combined Houses of Parliament.

any proposed changes reflect a better understanding of the needs of rural businesses and communities

Dorothy Fairburn - CLA

There will be much debate on the proposed Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill but it was given a “broad welcome” by the Country Land and Business Association here in Yorkshire.

The bill will scrap regional assemblies - set up by John Prescott when he was pushing for local parliaments for the English regions, a plan dumped after opposition from local voters – make local planning more efficient and set out a unified programme of local house building.

CLA Yorkshire Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn: “This bill is a cornerstone of the new Single Regional Strategies which will be put together by the RDAs, in conjunction with local authorities. It is vitally important for these new strategies to embrace both the needs and ambitions of the rural economy and rural communities.

“We now have the opportunity to consider more innovative proposals that may allow some new organic growth and development in the countryside.

“By doing so, the needs of the rural economy and rural-based businesses, both land and non-land based, will no longer be ignored at both regional and local level.”

Miss Fairburn added: “We must ensure that any proposed changes reflect a better understanding of the needs of rural businesses and communities at both regional and local levels.”

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