England’s rural periphery is the UK’s Land of Opportunity. The national economy will only become rebalanced if the policy corridor ceases to exist, which makes a renewed emphasis on nurturing growth in the rural periphery paramount for all levels of government. Places in the rural periphery face significant challenges, including weak productivity, poor social mobility and high costs to deliver services owing to a growing elderly population and dispersed settlement patterns. Yet, with support to address these challenges, the rural periphery offers huge potential to deliver stronger economic growth and greater social prosperity, underpinned by responsible environmental management, for its residents and the UK as a whole.
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