Local authorities have a role to play in creating a living, working and vibrant countryside.
Certain types of business in rural villages with population below 3,000 may qualify for rate relief of 50%.
Find out more on rate relief for businesses in rural communities
Rural life and planning - planning policies can help the rural population manage change whilst preserving the qualities of the countryside.
The Local Plan 1995 - The Rural area is a report on rural communties within the borough, focusing on housing development, employment and agriculture.
Northamptonshire ACRE is the Rural Community Council for the county of Northamptonshire.
Its aims are to help enhance the quality of life for people living in the rural areas of the county.
Particularly those disadvantaged through lack of access to services, and to support and advise rural communities and rural community groups on rural and community development issues.
The Rural Transport Partnership for East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Corby, is one of three Partnerships covering the county of Northamptonshire.
The Partnership works with local communities and relevant agencies/organisations to reduce social exclusion by improving rural transport.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs works for the essentials of life - food, air, land, water, people, animals and plants, in the pursuit of sustainable development
Last updated 23/10/2014