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Rural Masterplanning Fund - Lessons learned

Many market towns and villages will be experiencing considerable growth-related change over the coming years.

Topics: Housing, Planning and places

Keyword: Rural

Date Published: 18 August 2011

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Document type: Adobe PDF file

Size: 1.01 MB

Author/Publisher: Homes and Communities Agency


The 2008 Matthew Taylor Review, entitled Living Working Countryside, recognised this change as a great opportunity to create coherent and prosperous communities that are both attractive and sustainable.  In response to the Taylor Review, the government, through DCLG and DEFRA, created the Rural Masterplanning Fund (RMF). It made £1m available in technical support to local authorities with compelling ideas or needs for spatial planning. This included site-specific masterplanning, urban design, sustainable development, provision of new housing and community engagement. The RMF concluded in March 2011 with 46 initiatives having received support.

This document identifies key lessons from those projects along with 12 case studies that provide a brief snapshot of the types of work undertaken by local authorities through the Fund.

More detailed projects information, including working documents and final reports, can be found in the Appendices.


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