Raft of rural measures in Chancellorís Autumn Statement get thumbs up from CLA
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement delivers hope to the countryside by stimulating the rural economy with a promise to reform the planning system, simplify tax for small businesses and overhaul the broadband infrastructure, CLA President Harry Cotterell said today (29 November).
Mr Cotterell said: "The creation of the Community Rural Broadband Fund with a pot of £20million to help provide superfast broadband is great news, although we must not forget the remaining 10 percent of rural homes and businesses that will still not have access to good broadband.
"A flexible and deregulated planning system is essential for delivering rural growth in the short-term. Well done to the Chancellor for confirming that the presumption in favour of sustainable development will stay in the National Planning Policy Framework. This is extremely welcome, as is the consultation to use redundant agricultural buildings for other business purposes which the CLA has called for since 2004."
The CLA President added: "We support the Chancellor's desire to simplify small business taxation. The majority of our members run, own and manage small businesses and virtually of all of them find the tax regime a numerical obstacle course. We encourage the Chancellor to be bold and will engage with the Government to try to make sure tax simplification works in practice."
And Mr Cotterell said the CLA was delighted that the Government intends to review the way in which the Habitats Directive is implemented.
He said: "The Government is starting to melt the goldplating on this directive. We support conservation, but it is important that humans are considered as important as bats, newts and dormice."
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A farmerís daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 yearsí service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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