The Prince's Countryside Fund has some very good ideas going:
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Including the 'Recharging Rural' project:
Recharging Rural 2 - The Prince’s Countryside Fund
It's all about affordable housing:
Recharging Rural- Creating sustainable communities to 2030 and beyond
The top three barriers that exist right now for thousands of people across rural UK are poor broadband and mobile phone coverage, poor road and transport networks and a poor variety of employment opportunities with little or no scope for progression.
But the top challenge is the lack of affordable housing because it is fundamental to everything else. Respondents state that others should be taking action to support communities and making significant change at strategic levels, for example through the provision of funding instead of them being reliant on volunteers
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The most responses to the pre-report consultation were from Devon - and the recommendations of the report are both very obvious and very innovative.