5.3.3 Enterprise and Employment in Rural Areas

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5.3.3 Enterprise and Employment in Rural Areas

Rural areas have a vital contribution to make to the achievement of balanced regional development.  This involves utilising and developing the economic resources of rural areas, particularly in agriculture and food, tourism, forestry, renewable energy, enterprise and local services, while at the same time capitalising on and drawing strength from vibrant neighbouring urban areas. In this way rural and urban areas are seen as working in partnership and complementing, rather than competing with each other. Rural development is addressed in detail in Chapter 7 of this plan. Certain kinds of industry, especially those which involve natural resources and serve rural communities may, at an appropriate scale, have a role to play in rural development.