Gearing up for 2015!
We are now looking ahead to the next LEADER programme, which we hope to start in January 2015.
We have been awarded 'transition' funding by Defra in order to help us consult on and prepare a new Local Development Strategy for 2015-2020. This strategy will be developed with local people, communities, groups and businesses and it will set out the priorities for Torridge and North Devon, focussing particularly on actions that will bring about economic benefits to our area.
In order to get the Local Development Strategy 'right' we want to get the views of as many individuals, rural networks, local businesses, community groups and public bodies as possible. We will achieve this through:
The broad areas that the next LEADER programme will be able to support have already been set at the national level and it will be under these key themes that our local strategy will be developed:
Support for micro/small business
Support for farm diversification/increasing farm productivity
Support for rural tourism
Support for increasing forestry productivity
Provision of rural services
Support for cultural and heritage activity
Watch this space for news and dates, but in the meantime, contact us if you would like to be involved and have your say!