The consultation phase for the North Hampshire LEADER is now complete. A new strategy has been produced and the new LEADER area will now be known as the Loddon and Test LEADER. The strategy has been submitted to DEFRA and we expect to hear the results by the end of February. If we are successful, the new programme is expected to be up and running by May 2015. Please keep checking here for updates.
The new Loddon and Test LEADER Programme will stretch from West Berkshire and Wokingham in the north, across north east Hampshire and the Loddon valley and down through the north west of Hampshire and the Test Valley. View the map of the area.
The programme will fund and support farming, forestry, tourism, rural services, micro and small enterprises, conservation and heritage through 86 projects, creating at least 82 new jobs and benefitting a conservative minimum estimate of 13,000 individuals.
The RDPE sets out six national priorities for LEADER Strategies:-
Support for increasing farm productivity
Support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification
Support for rural tourism
Support for rural services
Support for cultural and heritage activity
Support for increasing forestry production
From this and the consultation phase, four local priorities for the Loddon and Test have been identified:
Supporting innovation for a sustainable future for farming, rural economies and communities
Enabling and supporting new and existing rural enterprises and SMEs while benefitting the rural economy and rural community
Boosting the rural tourism economy to benefit local rural communities while enhancing and protecting the landscape, heritage and culture of the area.
Improving the financial viability and productivity of forestry through innovation in accessibility and processing, and the development of the market and supply chain
View the Loddon and Test LEADER project: Local Development Strategy 2014-2020 1 MB for further information on the local priorities.
We expect to be able to offer grant aid up to £50,000 maximum. All projects will be required to raise match funding and planning permission should be in place before applying. However, no physical works should take place before funding is agreed. A business plan will be expected as part of your application. If you would like to discuss a project idea, please contact Emily Preston, Loddon and Test LEADER Programme Manager at email@example.com