7.8.1 Development Objectives for Rural Settlement

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​​​​​​7.8.1 Development Objectives for Rural settlement

Chapter 5 of the National Planning Framework (NPF) provides a comprehensive set of objectives to strengthen the rural fabric and support the communities living there; to plan for future growth and development, while addressing decline, and focusing on the potential for the renewal and development of smaller towns and villages[1].

An important element of that strategy is the development of new homes in small towns and villages with all relevant state agencies and stakeholders encouraged to provide serviced sites with appropriate infrastructure to attract people to build their own homes[2].

The NPF also prescribes that in relation to the development of rural housing that a distinction is made between areas under urban influence and rural areas elsewhere. Smaller towns and villages below the level of the District towns in the settlement hierarchy are classified as part of the rural area but their viability and vitality must be protected and enhanced through the rural settlement policy.

The Regional Spatial and Economic strategy for the Southern Region (RSES), through RPOs 26 and 27[3] identifies the requirement for local authorities to implement an appropriate sustainable rural housing policy response to avoid ribbon and over-spill development from urban areas, support revitalised towns and villages, achieve sustainable compact growth targets and protect the rural resource for rural communities, including people with an established local connection to the area.


[1] NPF, National Policy Objectives 14 to 25 (p70-79)

[2] NPF, NPO 18b p73

[3] Southern Regional Assembly | RSES p89, p90