That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Unit 4 Question - Rural-Urban Fringe Change

WARNING! These pages are now very old. They were last updated in 2008 and the content applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)

This is a 20 mark exam-style question. The marks start small and build towards case study questions at the end - just like the real thing.

You want to aim to take around 25 minutes to do this question. Make sure your answers to the simple questions are accurate and that you develop the longer answers to explain points properly - don't leave things vague. Remember that 2 or 3 well developed points are better than 10 simple points. As always, try and use case studies to back up your answers.

Print the page and have a go at the questions on paper. Then mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

Study figure 1, which shows information about house building in the UK.

The government is proposing to build 4.4 million new houses in the UK by 2016. Hertfordshire County Council is considering plans to build up to 10,000 new houses on greenbelt land near Stevenage.

a) How many new houses is the government planning to build by 2016?
(1 mark)
b) Suggest two reasons why it is thought so many new houses will be needed by 2016.
(2 marks)
c) Which term best describes where the new housing will be built?
  1. Inner City
  2. Rural-urban fringe
  3. Central business district
  4. Inner suburbs
(1 mark)
d) What is the purpose of 'greenbelt land'?
(2 marks)
e) Describe some of the advantages to developers of building new housing on 'greenbelt land'?
(4 marks)
f) Up to 10,000 new houses could be built near Stevenage. Describe how people living in this area could be effected by this development.
(4 marks)
g) Some groups are opposed to new developments on greenbelt land. Name a pressure group you have studied which opposes development on greenbelt land. Explain why they are opposed to this sort of development.
(6 marks)

Mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

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