The use of our natural environment for work, leisure, sport and recreation is directly related to the prosperity of both urban and rural areas. It has a direct relationship with the overall health and well-being of individuals and communities.

For sustainable development, we need to balance the increasing demands being placed upon our environment and natural resources with measures to protect these valuable assets for the future.  This is a challenge, but also brings opportunities for rural communities to look to the land and countryside around them to develop projects that improve the environment and also address wider climate change issues.

Energy is vital for our continued well-being, but this needs to be secured at the lowest cost. Competitive pricing, efficiency measures and the development and use of clean, green future energy solutions will all help to provide sustainable energy for our communities, in line with the government’s energy policy.

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