Opinion: Fyson on ... the benefits of blurring the rural boundaries

It could once be assumed that containment of urban areas involved a clear-cut distinction between urban and rural, with a definitive boundary line between them the goal of sensible policy. Not any more. Even where green belts are designated, a blurred fringe zone has often persisted, being neither town nor country but apparently damaging the character of both. It is time to reappraise this negative image of the urban fringe and to recognise the positive social and economic role it can play.

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