Sustainable rural development in England: policy problems and equity consequences

Curry, N. (2012) Sustainable rural development in England: policy problems and equity consequences. Local Economy, 27 (2). pp. 95-102. ISSN 0269-0942 Available from:

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Spatial planning policies ensure a ‘no development’ ethic for rural areas in England, brought about by strong restrictive housing polices and an urban-centric view of sustainable development. Such an ethic is unlikely to be ameliorated by the Localism Bill passing through the English Parliament in 2010–11. Economic development policies provide confusing signals for rural sustainable development as they appear simultaneously to require the pursuit of productivity, well-being, endogenous development and income support: objectives that are not compatible. Together these policy sets are likely to exacerbate inequalities in both wealth and opportunity in rural areas. This inhibits the achievement of sustainable development when viewed as having equity considerations at its core.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:economic development policies, equity, localism, spatial planning policies, sustainable growth
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology
ID Code:17800
Deposited By: Professor N. Curry
Deposited On:26 Nov 2012 15:19
Last Modified:30 Jan 2018 08:11

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