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The aim of this piece of coursework is to find out where Bournemouth should build their new houses, on Greenfield sites or Brownfield sites.

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Introduction The aim of this piece of coursework is to find out where Bournemouth should build their new houses, on Greenfield sites or Brownfield sites. Hypothesis 1: Both Brownfield and Greenfield sites will be needed if Bournemouth is to meet its target for new homes in the next ten years. Discuss. Hypothesis 2: More people, over 50% will prefer for new houses to be built on Brownfield sites. Hypothesis 3: There is not enough Brownfield sites to build all the homes needed on. Hypothesis 4: The main reason for people wanting houses to be built on Brownfield sites is that they want to protect the countryside. Urban areas in the UK have grown by 58% by 1945, the equivalent of a London sized city being built every decade. This affects the growing demand for housing; the government has estimated that at least 4 million houses will be needed in England and Wales between 1996 and 2016. There is just one problem though, where are we going to build 4 million houses? The growth in demand for housing is party due to population increase, but results more from changes in the society. ...read more.


* Greenfield sites have the obvious advantage of being undeveloped. There are no or few buildings to demolish, old roads or industrial debris to remove. These sites are generally cheaper to develop. * Since at least the 1920s, the pattern of demand has largely been for new housing to be located in rural or suburban settings. Young families and many retired people want the peace and quiet of a more rural location. The city centre is has always been known as a place that is less safe, where there is pollution, congestion, noise, crime and in some cases a physically deteriorating environment. * Greenfield sites have been part of a pattern of urban change and where we choose to live. New out of town shopping and leisure centres, light industrial and office developments cater largely for the mobile and affluent suburban and rural population. * It can be harder to obtain planning permission to develop Greenfield land. At the edge of a town or city it is likely that rural land will be part of a green belt with accompanying restrictions on development. ...read more.


* Concern has been expressed about possible dangers where houses have been built on sites that were formerly dumps for waste or were contaminated. Such land may be cheap, but could pose risks to health and safety. In 2000 the government announced that 43,000 homes would have to be built each year just in Britain. There are plenty of Brownfield sites available for development in the old industrial towns in the North and Midlands, old derelict factories and works, but these are not areas where extra homes are needed. Dorset is known for its green countryside and as being a nice place to live, at least 12,400 houses will have to be built in Dorset which is bound to ruin some of the countryside. The plan at the moment is that Brownfield sites will be built on first and Greenfield last. An estimated 60% of new homes will be built on Brownfield sites, although this still leaves 40% of new homes being built over Greenfield areas and spoiling the countryside. The six locations we visited are Autumn road, Oakmead Gardens, Lavender road and Taylor drive, Ibbertson close, and 39 Talbot Avenue. All these areas are Brownfield or Greenfield sites changed into housing developments (more information given later). ...read more.

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