Local Development Strategy

The Local Development Strategy (LDS) was originally produced in January 2009. It was compiled by the LAG in consultation with community groups and community representatives. It details the strategy for the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER and is summarised below. It can be downloaded in its entirety at the foot of the page.

Executive Summary

  • Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER will create a strong sense of place within the Rural Villages of Central Warwickshire. It aims to create sustainable and inclusive communities,bringing together those who have always lived in the area and incomers or migrants; young and old, to create, celebrate and redefine their rural culture and heritage.
  • The programme will support projects under three main strands:
    • Community Growing Projects
    • Community Arts Projects and Events
    • Activities that bring together villagers and the land based rural industries that surround them and that create and shape the environment in which people live.
  • The Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER programme area comprises the parished villages and rural areas in Central Warwickshire, encompassing the rural wards of Rugby Borough and Warwick District both of which are classified as Significant Rural. It covers 55 parishes over an area of 211 square miles, with a total population of 52,000. The project area excludes the urban settlements of Rugby, Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington Spa.
  • Analysis of the social and economic context of the area demonstrates a similar range of issues affecting rural communities across the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER area.
  • A detailed analysis of existing Parish Plans has been carried out and the proposed LEADER programme will help to address some of these. Issues raised include:
    • Concern for the environment, and conservation, protection of biodiversity
    • Strong interest in developing allotments and other horticultural activities
    • Lack of activities for both the young and the elderly
    • Specific need for drama/arts activities
  • Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER has carried out extensive consultation to establish the level of interest in, and support for, the proposed programme. This has included the use of an innovative online collaborative tool that allows people to view the proposals, suggest project ideas of their own and view and make comments on all the ideas.
  • Over 300 parish councillors, residents and other key stakeholders have attended events and workshops where LAG members have been present to promote the programme.
  • All these methods of consultation demonstrated a high level of interest in the proposed themes for the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER programme.
  • The level of support from the consultation has confirmed that the three proposed themes will contribute to developing sustainable and thriving communities throughout the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER area.
  • The programme will be delivered through a Local Area Group (LAG) consisting of members from the public, private and community sectors and a representative from Defra (Managing Authority). Public sector membership will be limited to a maximum of 50% of the LAG members.
  • The programme will have a project team consisting of a Programme Manager and Animator to work with the community groups. Administrative support will be provided by the lead body, Garden Organic and Warwickshire County Council will be the accountable body.
  • Expected outcomes include: 100 community arts projects / village events supported; 100 community growing projects supported; 20 projects linking communities and the land based industries supported; 50 farms or farmers engaged in training; 4 national and 2 international co-operation projects undertaken during the duration of the programme.
  • The outcomes should contribute to the qualitative benefits of a stronger sense of place and identity within the rural villages, by bringing people together to develop stronger communities with a shared future vision and sense of belonging, strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds and a focus on what new and existing communities have in common, alongside a recognition of the value of diversity.


The LDS will be updated from time to time to reflect operational changes in delivery on the ground but the criteria for the programme, based on the consultation, will not be altered. The latest version should always be downloaded for the most up to date information but previous versions are provided for a complete record.  The latest version (July 2011) is available here.