In many parts of the country, the decline of traditional industries has created opportunities as well as challenges, releasing concentrated groups of workers with relatively transferable skills as well as sites for redevelopment. By contrast, the great improvements in farming productivity in our area have meant changes to farm businesses, land use, and the use of technology and farm infrastructure, and the rural workforce has had to adapt in response to this. At the same time, little or no land or buildings suited to redevelopment have been made available. Our Local Development Strategy aims to provide opportunity for communities to re-develop and adapt in light of the changing jobs and industries they can sustain.
Also common to rural areas of great beauty is a high proportion of older people: both those who have lived here all their lives, for whom it would not be practicable to leave and many more who have retired to the area. Could we reach them all, these are potentially consumers of local products and services; and they are a source both of experience and potentially productive skills which is often completely untapped.
For more information see attached the full local development strategy below.
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