RDPE in the South West

RDPE in the South West

“The Rural Development Programme for
England (RDPE), with environmental stewardship at its heart, aims
to safeguard and enhance the rural environment, improve the
competitiveness of the agricultural sector and foster competitive
and sustainable rural businesses and thriving rural communities.”
(Defra, November 2007)   
 
RDPE is funded jointly by the EU and Defra. It has three priorities
for rural development:

  • Improving
    competitiveness of the agriculture and forestry sectors
  • Improving the
    environment and the countryside
  • Improving the
    quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification of
    economic activity.

The main sources of funding and
support for priority 2 are:

In this region, the South West
Regional Development Agency (RDA) will deliver priorities 1and 3
with a budget of £156.8 million over the seven
years.  

The RDA is also responsible for
ensuring that five per cent of the RDPE funding is spent on
enabling community involvement in rural development. In this region
Local Action Groups provide a great opportunity for community-led
development.

In this region the South West Regional
Development Agency (RDA) is currently delivering priorities 1 and 3
– it is also responsible for ensuring that five per cent of the
RDPE funding is spent on enabling community involvement in rural
development through Local Action. Defra is due to take on direct
responsibility for the delivery of all these aspects of the RDPE
Programme from RDAs as of 1 July 2011 following the Government’s
announcement to abolish Regional Development Agencies in June
2010.

Rooftop view of a Gloucestershire town

Sunrise over a ruin on a hill