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Explain why the pressure for development on rural land on the edge of cities remains great in both MEDCs and LEDCs.

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Explain why the pressure for development on rural land on the edge of cities remains great in both MEDCs and LEDCs. David J Mothersole 12BS Introduction There are still many different pressures on development on rural land on the edge of cities on both MEDCs and LEDCs, yet these are not the same pressures. In LEDCs it is usually because it is the easiest and least crowded land for the continuing influxes of rural to urban migrants to build squatter settlements on, while in MEDCs, in the is the attractiveness of living in the "countryside" and still having an easy to commute into work, causing the rich to move out of the inner city and into the suburb. The main pressure in both LEDCs and MEDCs is the demand for houses/land on the rural land on the edge of the city, due to increased migration from other places, usually common in LEDCs, but also found in MEDCs, and also the simple migration from inner city to suburb found in MEDCs. Pressures for development on rural land on the edge of cities are still great in MEDCs The United Kingdom is an obvious example of the great pressures for development on rural land still. This is because since the 1970s there has been a great move towards home ownership and private housing estates, which was formally renting council accommodation in the 1960s. ...read more.


MEDCs as the populations are still growing, and more and more people are finding it desirable to live in the suburbs and due to economic growth, especially in the UK, many people can easily afford it. This is especially due to the huge house prices in London which can enable one sold house in London to perhaps buy 2 houses in the suburbia surrounding the Capital. There are also great pressures as in general the land on the edge of the city is cheaper than that in the city, it also enables businesses to spread outwards rather than upwards, which many find more attractive. They can also have expansive car parks. As people start to move to the suburbs businesses will follow. This is due to the sphere of influence of businesses such as supermarkets, as people will not be willing to drive to the city centre everyday to purchase food, they will want to go to a local store in the suburbs. Pressures for development on rural land on the edge of cities are still great in LEDCs As well as the remaining pressure on MEDCs there is still a large remaining pressure on LEDCs, as with MEDCs this is largely due to natural increase. ...read more.


Conclusion As can be seen by the two example used, in an MEDC this pressure still remains because of the rich who wish to live in the rural-urban fringe where they can lead a safer, quieter and more attractive life than one in the inner city. In an LEDC the pressure is still remaining due to increased economic rural-to-urban migration and a large boom in natural increase from the current population of the city. One common factor is the increased population due to natural increase; although not so significant in an MEDC it is still visible. Also in the United Kingdom the recent migration from North to South has lead to a large increases in housing demand and increased pressure on cities and on the Green Belt around them. In the UK, unlike in LEDCs, due to the 1980s Thatcher government most people wish to live in their own private property, instead of renting, and find it more desirable to live on the rural-urban fringe than in the inner city or a rural area. As the current numbers of rural-urban fringe houses will not suffice the demand, more houses will have to be built to accommodate these new dwellers and businesses. David J Mothersole Page 1 04/05/2007 ...read more.

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