In many places, new homes are needed, but the only space available for building them is in the countryside.

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic Writing Task, the Essay

The Essay Question:

In many places, new homes are needed, but the only space available for building them is in the countryside. Some people believe it is more important to protect the countryside and not built homes there.

What is your opinion about this?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. 

Write at least 250 words.

The Essay Answer :

It is a fact that personal home is a requirement for everyone, however, the land for construction can only be found in the countryside. Nevertheless, it is believed by few that new residences should not be developed there in order to protect them.

The progress of villages can occur only when more and more house constructions occur for people to settle there, for work or business. As a consequence, villagers will get new business or job opportunities. For instance, Gurgaon once a small village, is today Asia’s fastest developing city due to the growth of new residences, offering a myriad employment and business options.

On the other hand, development of new dwellings in non-urban areas, has some adverse impact on the traditional lifestyle and economy. The most impacted are farmers since the age old occupation of farming for a living slowly fades. They would have to look at other sources of income. Moreover, when land under cultivation is brought down, the national yield will dip, leading to shortage of food grains. A country may then no longer be self-reliant.

Furthermore, the serene environment of the countryside would be polluted by vehicles and waste generated. These quite areas would start teeming with people and associated commercial activities, thus creating air and noice pollution. Besides, villages would lose the old world charm and the slow paced life they have, giving rise to stress with more homes and population, as in the case of small towns like Jaipur, Raipur or Ambala in north India.

To conclude, in my opinion, there ought to be a restraint on new house construction near the countryside, to maintain the salubrious environs and safeguard the economy of the villages and a nation at large.

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