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Sustainable rural development in England: Policy problems and equity consequences


  • Nigel Curry



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.

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  • Nigel Curry, 2012. "Sustainable rural development in England: Policy problems and equity consequences," Local Economy, London South Bank University, vol. 27(2), pages 95-102, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:2:p:95-102

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