Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 - 2013

Pontrhydyfen Viaduct"The Rural Development Plan (RDP) for Wales 2007 - 2013 will enable Welsh Government to deliver activities which support the countryside and rural communities. It was formally approved by the European Commission's Rural Development Committee on 20th Feb 2008" 
                                                           - Welsh Government Website

There are four key areas that the Plan will improve:

  • Axis 1 - The competitiveness of agriculture and forestry
  • Axis 2 - Our environment and countryside
  • Axis 3 - The quality of life in rural areas
  • Axis 4 - LEADER: locally based approaches to rural development

Rural Development in Neath Port Talbot

Neath Port Talbot applied for funding under Axis 3 and Axis 4 of the RDP.

Axis 3 - aims to improve the quality of life in the rural areas and promote the diversification of the rural economy, it does this in a variety of ways. These include promoting village renewal and development, encouraging tourism, supporting micro-enterprises and improving basic services. Axis 3 strives to nurture rural heritage while also providing training and information to those actively involved in rural communities.

Axis 4 - uses the LEADER approach to encourage people to become involved in improving and developing their rural communities. In particular Axis 4 aims to generate new innovative ways in which to sustain long term development in Wales.

In order to support the economic regeneration of the 'rural' wards of the County Borough, Neath Port Talbot Regeneration Partnership submitted its rural local development strategy to the Welsh Government.

The rural local development strategy for Neath port Talbot aims to develop the work already started in relation to the Neath Port Talbot Western Valleys Strategy. The Strategy has been developed following discussions with the Partnership and the sectors it represents in relation to the aims, objectives and activities as set out for Axes 3 and 4 of the Rural Development Plan for Wales.

View details of 'rural' wards in Neath Port Talbot

The Welsh Government's website gives up to date information on the Rural Development Plan

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