Rural Development Plan 2007-2013
The Rural Development Plan 2007-2013 or 'RDP' is a seven year European Union and Welsh Government-sponsored programme aimed at helping economic regeneration of rural communities.
This means that funding is made available on a series of themes which include:
Swansea is one of eighteen areas across Wales with wards designated as 'rural' in nature. The eight wards in Swansea are Bishopston, Fairwood, Gower, Llangyfelach, Pennard, Penclawdd, Pontarddulais and Mawr. The Swansea Rural Development Partnership facilitated by City and County of Swansea is responsible for overseeing the RDP in Swansea.
Almost £5m has been secured as part of two 'Business Plans' for a range of projects to implement Swansea's rural development Strategy. Some of the funding was allocated to specific projects at application stage, and some can be accessed through grant schemes.
The Council has helped set up the Swansea Rural Development Partnership. Further information on the Partnership, and the new 'Local Action Group' Rural Swansea Action that has been set up to deliver a new approach to rural development in Swansea can be found in these pages.
If you have ideas or wish to become involved in the work of the Partnership, contact details can be found here.
The latest information on implementation of the Rural Development Plan in Swansea.
To access funding from the RDP, Swansea needed a 'local strategy'. Development of this Strategy was the first task of the Swansea Rural Development Partnership.
The Swansea Rural Development Partnership is based on the 'quarters' principle, and includes key stakeholders from public, private, voluntary and community sectors of the 8 rural areas of City & County of Swansea.
Rural Swansea Action is a new group established to facilitate and deliver partnership activities to implement 'Axis 4' development activities, and chosen activities from RDP Axes 1-3.
This is City and County of Swansea's first Rural Business Plan for delivery of Axis 3 and 4 activities as part of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, and covers the period 20 June 2008 to 28 February 2011.
This is City and County of Swansea's second Rural Business Plan for delivery of Axis 3 and 4 activities as part of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, and covers the period 1 March 2011 to 31 December 2013.
The Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 is part of the European Union's rural development policy, led in Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government. The RDP aims to support diversification of rural economies and improve the quality of life in rural areas.
Swansea Rural Development Plan project delivery under Axis 3 will be procured through competitive tendering. Weblinks to tendering opportunities and notices of tendering opportunities will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Here you can download a spreadsheet compiled by Welsh Assembly Government, giving an overview of all the projects approved under Axes 3 and 4 of the Rural Development Plan for Wales for the first Business Planning period.
Eight wards in Swansea are defined by the Welsh Assembly Government as 'predominantly' rural in nature: Gower, Penclawdd, Pennard, Bishopston, Fairwood, Mawr, Pontarddulais and Llangyfelach.
From this page you can access all the main documents covering the Rural Development Plan in Swansea including the Strategy, Business Plan, Reports and Newsletters in one place.
The EN RD has been established to create a network among EU rural development actors. This involves a wide variety of EU rural development stakeholders such as the National Rural Networks and other organisations or administrations active in the field of rural development.