Rural Strategy

Explains about the Rural Strategy, what work the rural policy team do and how to find out more about national policies.

Is there a Rural Strategy for the East Riding of Yorkshire?

Yes. A Rural Strategy for 2022-2027 has been produced and is agile (updated regularly), interactive (contains relevant weblinks) and costed - provides a detailed Investment Action Plan (IAP), showing the value of investment as tangible benefits to Rural East Riding of Yorkshire.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Strategy 2022-2027 (pdf 3.8mb)

The Strategy is currently built around 6 Policy Drivers - Brexit, Climate Change, COVID-19 Recovery, Economic Instability, Evidence and Data Provision and Levelling Up.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Strategy - The Next Generation of Rural Communities builds on all of previous rural strategies and looks ahead five years to 2027. See above to access the 2022-2027 Rural Strategy or contact the East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Partnership for more information at:


What is the 2022-2027 Rural Strategy?

The Strategy looks at how rural communities need to develop for the future. making them more attractive places in which to work and live. We want rural communities to thrive, not just survive in the future.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Partnership have consulted with public, private and voluntary organisations - see page 32 of the Rural Strategy which provides links to the organisations and strategies who have helped to produce the Strategy.

What work does the council's rural policy team undertake?

The team works to ensure that the council and partner organisations are kept up-to-date of the latest rural issues and developments, and seeks to influence rural policy decisions at all levels e.g by co-ordinating supplementary papers such as 'food poverty' (see below)

Supplementary Report on Government Food Strategy (June 2022) (pdf 199kb opens in a new window)

The team leads on the preparation of the council's rural strategy and Investment Action Plan (IAP). The work also includes contributing to national policy consultations on a range of matters to ensure that the local, rural voice is heard.

Recent work has included agriculture and food, local access, rural services and community buildings e.g. Future Communities Initiative.

For further information on rural matters please contact the council’s rural policy team at

Where can I find out more about national policies affecting the East Riding?

Information on all areas of national government policy (including health, education, business, welfare and pensions) can be found at Directgov (external website).

For additional information on national policies affecting rural communities and land use, please follow the links to the following government departments:

Defra responsibilities include food, farming and biodiversity. Government agencies such as Natural England, Environment Agency, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency are all part of Defra.

DLUHC responsibilities include rural social and community issues, and the emerging ‘Big Society’ and localism agenda.

BEIS is responsible for renewable energy and carbon reduction policy.

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