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Title: Planning the New Rural Economy

Planning the New Rural Economy
  • Fergus Murray
  • Argyll and Bute Council Development Policy

  • Presentation is designed to state some of the
    challenges facing Argyll and Butes rural
    economy explore what the planning service is
    trying to do about it.

Challenges we face in Argyll and Bute
  • Scotlands urban areas are getting their act
  • Falling and aging population with a continued
    loss of young, economically active families
  • Divided rural communities with very different
  • Dwindling school rolls continued loss of key
    rural services such as shops, hotels, post
    offices, health care etc
  • House costs doubled in 2 years Plot prices also
    doubled/landowners drip feeding the market acute
    shortage of affordable housing in the right
    place Sustained demand for holiday
    accommodation/second homes, especially on our
    scenic coast
  • Average household income in Argyll and Bute
    26,000 Average house price 117,000

Challenges we face in Argyll and Bute
  • Increasingly centralised decision making Multi
    layered bureaucracy Increased legislation pushing
    up costs beyond rural economies of scale
  • Globalisation failing traditional industries
    with inadequate pay levels seasonal peaks in
    employment a growing migrant workforce rapidly
    changing policy regimes i.e. CAP reform water
    framework directive
  • Inadequate funding for regeneration/economic
    development Crumbling and inadequate
    infrastructure roads leisure water and
    sewerage unable to deal with a growth agenda
  • Climate change sea level rise, land erosion
    increased flooding/increased rain intensity
  • Insufficient skill base to undertake available
    work very difficult to attract/retain
    skilled staff.

Economic Opportunities
  • High quality products/marketing
  • The use of sustainable design/ local sourcing of
  • Environmental enhancement and pollution control
  • Gateway to National Park / Marine National Park
  • New technology /home working/ knowledge economy
  • Land/crofting reform
  • Renewable energy/ waste minimisation /recycling
  • Environmental tourism in all its forms
  • Forestry diversification /Research Development
  • National/Regional Leisure opportunities
    /Lifestyle opportunities
  • Transport improvements

Planning response in Argyll and Bute
  • Structure Plan advocates a sustainable growth
    agenda Seeks a win/win scenario biodiversity
    maintenance precautionary and the polluter
  • Introduces 8 development control zones
  • Advocates Estate/farm diversification plans and
    coastal framework plans
  • Advocates sustainable development principles
  • Local Plan Introduces Potential Development Areas
    and Areas For Action to target investment help
    take a longer term view ensure a master-planned
    approach that allows flexibility
  • Identifies/releases more land, with an emphasis
    on affordable housing and business
    diversification quality counts
  • Promotes our key rural towns (Oban Dunoon
    Rothesay Cambeltown Lochgilphead) for
    additional investment through Areas For Action
    and where appropriate comprehensive Action Plans
  • Encourages smaller communities to prepare their
    own settlement plans and design statements
  • Introduction of a sustainable design guide with
    detailed siting plans prepared for more pressured
  • Introduction of a sustainable checklist for
    significant developments
  • Introduction of a series of sustainability
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