What is the rural-urban fringe?The rural-urban fringe is the boundary zone outside the urban area proper where rural and urban land uses intermix. It is an area of transition from agricultural and other rural land uses to urban use. Located well within the urban sphere of influence the fringe is characterised by a wide variety of land use including dormitory settlements housing middle-income commuters who work in the main urban area. Over time the characteristics of the fringe change from largely rural to largely urban. Suburbanisation takes place at the urban boundary of rural-urban fringe.
The location of the rural-urban fringe has changed over time, stabilising only after the introduction of green belt restrictions. Successive waves of suburban development swallowed up previous fringe areas as private and local authority builders tried to satisfy the insatiable demand for housing. The development of suburban highways and the increase in middle-income car ownership were the main catalysts in such development.
The critical boundaries are between (a) the continuous built-up area and the rural-urban fringe and (b) the fringe and the surrounding rural area. The boundary between the continuous built-up area and the rural-urban fringe is not difficult to identify. A succession of large open spaces separate the conurbation from free-standing settlements located within the rural-urban fringe.
Issues in the rural-urban fringe. http://www.geocases.co.uk/sample/urban_figure9.htm
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