Rural-urban fringes represent transition zones, where the demands between traditional rural life and urban expansion compete. What are the major land uses in this area? And what debate exists around development?
- The rural-urban fringe can be found where the edges of towns and cities meet the countryside.
- Urban expansion, or sprawl, into the countryside means that the rural-urban fringe is a transitional zone.
- Urban developments, such as shopping centres, leisure facilities and infrastructure links, are becoming commonplace in these rural margins.
- Housing development in the rural-urban fringe is leading to the suburbanisation of villages and further loss of greenfield areas.
At the edges of towns and cities, a borderland exists where the built environment meets the countryside.
This is the rural-urban fringe, and it's an ever-changing transition zone.
Urban expansion into the countryside
Under intense development pressure, the rural characteristics of the fringe are gradually transformed as urban sprawl occurs.
The rural-urban ...
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