"We have launched this online toolkit, to give people a helping hand in negotiating the planning system and ensuring that any applications are of the highest quality." Mrs Lesley Pendleton, CC, Chairman LRP.

"Our rural areas need to strike a balance between protecting their best features and allowing sympathetic development to take place, to ensure there are enough jobs to protect their future." Mrs Lesley Pendleton, CC, Chairman LRP.

For more information and to access the toolkits follow the links below

This pioneering online toolkit is to give guidance to applicants, planners and local agencies and to act as a checklist for rural economic development planning applications.

"The rural economy is an important asset for Leicestershire. I'm backing this toolkit as a way of supporting our rural economy and the viability of village jobs." Andrew Bacon, Chairman Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.