The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has told the Government that it must cut red tape in order to help the rural economy survive.
The CLA, whose 35,000 members run more than 250 types of rural businesses, said David Cameron's renewed commitment to cutting red tape and supporting business, must include measures to avoid excessive regulation in rural areas.
William Worsley, CLA President, said: " We have been invovled with Richard Macdonald's review of farming red tape and last year publised Planning for Change in the Countryside, a policy paper demading a less expensive and more efficient planning system that promotes appropriate rural economic development. However, there are other areas where a pro-business government could help to release entrepreneurship in the countryside."
"Two yeras ago we were promised permitted development rights for small-scale non domestic renewable energy projects. We pushed for the streamlining of environmental consents and last year the Penfold review made dozens of recommendations to help unlock the potential of the rural economy. All of these have yet to be put into practice."