The CLA represents over 33,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses, who together own more than 10 million acres of land across England and Wales. We believe that successful rural businesses are the heartbeat that sustains our rural communities. That belief drives our commitment to standing up for rural business.
The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, will launch a new report today to persuade politicians to unlock the potential of the rural economy.
A new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched today to champion rural businesses.
The planning system must provide the certainty that gives businesses the confidence to invest. This means having a clear forward vision for the economic development of an area, embodied in an up to date Local Plan.
As devolution agreements are put in place around the country, the needs of rural business and rural communities must be a central consideration.
Rural businesses already provide affordable housing, from cottages for retired agricultural workers to private sector housing associations.
Poor connections are the single biggest barrier to rural businesses achieving their potential.