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The Rural-Urban Fringe & Green Belts

Aim: To find out what has happened on the Rural-Urban Fringe and why Green Belts have been set up by the government.

The Rural-Urban Fringe

What is the rural-urban fringe?

It is the area where the city meets the countryside.

Recently there has been increasing demand for land on the RUF because:

Land is cheaper There is less traffic congestion and pollution There is easier access and a better road infrastructure There is a more pleasant environment with more open space

What do developers want the land for?

Housing developments as urban sprawl continues Science and business parks Hyper-markets and superstores Retail parks & out of town shopping centres Office developments Hotels and conference centres Airport expansion

Shopping Centres
Why do they want to locate at the RUF?
Room to expand Space for parking Cheap land Close to motorways

Local suburban work force

Leisure facilities can also be provided

The Trafford Centre, Manchester

Opened 1998. 5.5mn people, almost 10% of the UKs total pop live within 45 mins drive. 2005 29.4mn people visited More than just a shopping centre 1,600 seat food court, bowling alley, Laser Quest, 20 screen cinema. PMwGXCNaU&feature=related

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages: good motorway links, own bus station, 11,000 free parking spaces, services (banks, PO, travel agents), crche, weatherproof & air con, disabled facilities. Disadvantages: Congestion & pressure on local roads, artificial atmosphere, big chains, as too expensive for local shops, effected Manchesters CBD Marks & Spencer's realised there mistake when they first didnt chose to locate in the centre. Some stores have left central Manchester.

Why is housing built at the RUF?
Land is cheap Peace and quiet More housing is needed as more people are living alone and living longer.

Less crime
Good access to countryside Easy access to motorways GATM video


Massive increase in air traffic predicted by 2030. Low cost carriers such as Easy Jet are increasing their routes and passenger numbers. Expansion of Bournemouth Airport Problems: noise & air pollution, more traffic in the area, loss of biodiversity, visual pollution.

What are the negative impacts caused by developing the RUF?

Large areas of countryside may be lost Buildings may be out of character with existing rural buildings Villages become suburbanised Traffic is likely to increase ( both cars and lorries) There may be some noise or pollution NIMBYism

How can change at the RUF be managed?

Creating Green Belts a zone of countryside around a city where development is controlled.They aim to: Prevent urban sprawl Prevent towns merging Preserve the special character of towns NOT ALL CITIES HAVE GREEN BELTS. Examples include London, Oxford and Bournemouth. However, greenbelts are often leap-frogged and development happens just outside it. 1100 hec lost each year since 97. 9012da68001e538/bb/09012da68001e72d_16x9_bb .asx BBC Video clip How they have benefited England.

How can development at the RUF be managed?

New Towns e.g Stevenage At the end of the second world war towns were created just outside Londons green belt to prevent London spreading and give people a better way of life.

Other Policies
In recent years the Government has tried to reduce pressure on the RUF by encouraging development of brownfield sites over greenfield sites, and stopping any more out of town shopping centres from being built.

Greenfield Vs Brownfield

Why build on Brownfield Sites? - many areas have unoccupied houses which could be upgraded - brownfield sites already have utilities such as water and gas pipes - development in urban as opposed to rural areas can help reduce reliance on cars

Greenfield Vs Brownfield

Why build on Greenfield Sites? - cheaper to build on (don't have demolition costs) and lower land-values than in urban areas - generally perceived as better quality of life in the countryside Also part 1 video the reasons and part 2 the effects

Key vocab

GreenBelts - countryside area around an urban area

which are protected from development to restrict urban sprawl Brownfield Site - an area of land previously build on where developments have been demolished and new building can take place Greenfield Site - an area of countryside never built on before Out-of-town Shopping Centres - large retail developments found in out-of-town locations close to major transport links. Rural-urban fringe - where urban areas meet the surrounding countryside Urban Sprawl - uncontrolled growth on the edge of a settlement

Is Asda coming to Salisbury?

Asda have applied to build a new store on the London road roundabout (by the new gym and Leapfrog) Why would some people be against this development? Why would some people be for this development?