How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Remote communities are suffering population decline with the consequential loss of justification for public services. Centralised communities are finding their services under unsustainable pressure. So start investing proactively in remoter communities with the things people would want if they were to live there - leisure facilities, housing, business development sites, public transport infrastructure, schools and digital connectivity - and hey presto you will find people start to move to these places to LIVE and WORK not just for their holidays. This in turn both reduces pressure on cities for housing and other (more expensive in those locations) service requirements, and it starts to reverse rural population declines as a happy consequence. Win win. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? As above, but also because this offers the chance for people to live healthier, more self sufficient lives connected with their external environment that will have deep and multi generational, cultural impacts all of which are positive.
Rural communities have been hollowed out due to the increase in the holiday home short let market. This idea has merits and should be supported.
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