Rural -Functions and opportunities in West Oxfordshire

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Benefits for rural areas near urban areas
Greater opportunities for economic activity, larger market for goods, and better transport
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Disadvantages for remote rural areas
Fewer opportunities due to poor accessibility, small market and population
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What is the main opportunity in Yarnton?
It is a dormitory settlement near Oxford.
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What are the 4 groups of settlement in West Ox. based on size and facilities offered?
Group C - Service centres (9 towns and villages), Group B - 12 medium sized villages, Group A - 21 smaller villages, Group D - 50% of all settlements
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What are the 2 indicators used to classify each settlement?
Positive factors (availability of services and facilities such as schools and doctors), restraint factors (show a lack of facilities, significant distance from local service centres and locations within an area of constraint e.g. AONB)
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2 Group C settlement examples?
Witney (25,000), Chipping Norton (6,000)
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Group C services and facilities?
Wide range of services, facilities and employment oppurtunities due to good bus service to Oxford. High house building with higher population growth.
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Factors influencing development of services in group C?
Accessability, job opportunities, land ownership, River Thames flooding risk, availability of skilled workforc
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2 Group B examples
Freeland (lost post office and petrol station), Milton (lost GP surgery, however now has new bus service)
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Group B services and facilities?
All have school, pub and housing development, all seen closure of shops/ services, all have pop over 1000
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Factors influencing development of services in group B?
Fewer job opportunities, older population, land ownership (Duke of Marlborough).
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2 Group A examples
Bladon, Cassington (Gained a post office
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Group A services and facilities?
Each village has a place of worship, 60% have a post office, most have a school and one shop, none have GP, improvements to bus service since 2003.
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Factors influencing development of services in group A?
Are all dormitory settlements as many come under Oxford & Witney Sphere of influence, Cassington has small young pop, high number of adults and families, expansion limited by River Evenlode
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3 random opportunities in settlements
Yarnton (Oxford dormitory settlement), Bladon (tourist function, burial of Churchill), Combe (transport function due to railway stations).
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