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Changes in rural Settlement in Britain

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Introduction

Changes in rural Settlement in Britain Within the British Isles there are areas where the rural population is increasing, resulting in a changing size, morphology and function of villages. In contrast, usually in more remote areas, there is rural depopulation. Accessibility to Urban Areas The concept of a green belt is to restrict the erection of houses and other buildings and to preserve and conserve areas of countryside for farming and recreational purposes. Beyond the green belt, new towns and overspill towns were built to accommodate new arrivals to the nearby city. These new settlements were designed to become self-supporting both economically and sociably, and although in rural areas, they developed urban characteristics and functions. ...read more.

Middle

Inhabitants Farming and primary jobs. Labouring/manual groups. Professional/executive, commuters. Wealthy with young families or retired Transport Bus service, some cars, narrow/winding roads. Decline in bus service as most families have 1 or 2 cars. Better roads Services Village shop. Small junior school. Public house. Village hall More shops, enlarged school, modern public houses/restaurants Social Small, close-knit community Local community swamped. Village may be deserted during day. Environment Quiet, relatively pollution free. More noise and risk of more pollution. Loss of farmland/open space Less accessible settlements These villages are further in distance from or have poorer transport to links to the nearest city. ...read more.

Conclusion

This can lead to extra local trade but also that locals cannot afford the inflated prices. A less accessible settlement nearby is the village of Chinnor. It is a small settlement with a school, a church and a pub. Remote areas These areas suffer from a population loss, which leaves houses empty, and villages decreasing in size. Resultant problems include lack of job opportunities, few services and poor transportation. The cost of providing services to remote areas is high and there is often suffiecient demand to keep local shops or village schools open. A good local example of this is Long Crendon which is a small settlement which contains a few houses, a school and a court house. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mat Burton 23/04/07 13:30 ...read more.

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