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The Policy Statement sets out the TCPA's views on the future of rural England. Cherished for its distinctive landscapes and diverse wildlife, rural England is also home for over 12 million people and at least half a million businesses, and an open-air factory for growing food and providing essential eco-services such as water, flood control, recyclable energy and carbon sinks.
However, more than this, the TCPA wants to address the long-term needs and prospects of a rural England which is facing huge demographic, economic and environmental challenges. In particular, by recognising the benefits that high quality new communities - in the right places - can offer to rural areas; such as garden cities or new market towns, in providing affordable housing, creating jobs and promoting sustainable lifestyles and development.