It is encouraging to see that rural renaissance (Focus July 23) has emerged from the shadows of its urban counterpart and is now establishing itself within the regeneration debate.

As lead consultant for Yorkshire Forward on the Upper Calder Valley, Skipton and Settle, we have experienced the very specific set of issues affecting rural communities. Working with local people, we have helped to develop visions and masterplans as part of the Renaissance Market Towns programme.

Witnessing the consequences of increasing rural migration has made us aware of the pressing need to consider the new inter-relationships emerging. Let’s hope that next year’s Urban Summit creates a platform for some real joined-up thinking.