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Working for Strathclyde University I had to write a new set of course notes on rural planning which I made available to students on the Internet. I have copied out some of what I think are the more interesting issues for current rural planning, and would welcome your comments and observations.

It is easy enough to recognise the countryside when you are there, but if we want to be able to understand the nature of the countryside; its social, economic and environmental problems; and to develop policies and programmes we need to:

  • know what we mean by rural and the countryside
  • be able to assemble and analyse information about rural areas
  • understand the role of planning, its strengths and weaknesses, in the future of the countryside
  • understand the characteristics, aspirations and expectations of he communities that define and inhabit it

I hope these notes are of interest to you


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