Aim 4 - Thriving Communities

Aim 4 is primarily concerned with the socio-economic ‘duty’ and relates to the sustainability of rural communities and the rural economy. Targets to provide improvements in housing, infrastructure, rural services and renewable generation rely on significant investment from a range of disparate sources and it is sometimes hard for the national park to deliver change in this area because of this.

Our role here is more of an advocate for improvements to rural services and facilities through lobbying, both at a regional level with Northumberland County Council and nationally through National Parks England. We maintain close working relationships with other areas of government and support grant applications where appropriate.