A new survey by CPRE reports that too often LEPs are perceived to neglect rural areas, have a negative impact on the countryside, and need to reach out more to the public. It also suggests that public awareness is low and LEPs themselves are often unwilling to engage with the public or display transparency. For a summary click here.
CPRE believes that LEPs should be expected to produce and publish a Rural Plan. Such a plan would help focus minds on the importance of England’s countryside as an economic and environmental resource that needs better management, and on the need to support and encourage small and medium sized farming enterprises in particular. Other policy recommendations are set out in the full report.