The Maps Below Show an Industrial Area in the Town of Norbiton

The maps below show an industrial area in the town of Norbiton, and planned future development of the site.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 17 Test 1 Writing Task 1.

Norbiton industrial area now

norbiton industrial area now

Planned future development

planned future development

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Sample Essay

The maps show a currently industrial area to the east of Norbiton and redevelopment plans.

Overall, the goal is to redevelop into a residential neighborhood, with additional housing and other supporting facilities.

Currently, there is a roundabout that connects a southern and an eastern road, with several factories in the area that are to be removed in the redevelopment.

The area around the eastern road is to be for housing, a school at the end, and a playground to the north. Another road is planned to be added north from the roundabout and over a river, with housing along the western side of the road. The farmland north of the river is to be replaced by additional housing where a road parallel to the river is to be constructed and linked to the northbound road. There are also plans to construct another road northwest from the roundabout. More housing is to be built along one side and at the end of this road.

To the southwest of the roundabout, shops are planned to be constructed. Across the street to the southeast is to be a medical center. A second roundabout is also to be added where the south road currently meets the main road in a T-intersection.

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  • Will: It expresses a degree of certainty and therefore isn’t suitable for describing planned development. The trouble with the word “plan” is that it can be just an idea that has not yet advanced to the stage of being definite.
  • Be going to: You can use it but don’t overuse it because it’s informal.
  • Be+to+verb: It’s formal and is used for telling planned or scheduled events.
    Example: Some housing is to be built.
  • Be Planned to: Some housing is planned to be built.
  • There are plans: There are plans to build some housing.

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  1. Hello can you please have a moment to look at my writing?
    Norbition industrial area, which is located in the east from town. currently has a main load in south and a rotary road with plants in the centre. Northern river crosses between industrial factories and farmland.
    It is planned to develop to a residential area where can accomodate family-unit-people with housings and facilities of education, medication, and shops. In terms of road, two more roads will be constructed from the rotary though there is only one. One extended road stretches to northern east with houses. The other reaches northern farmland across the river to have a big housing. In order to extend this road, a bridge will be installed. Where it was used to be factories will be place for children. School will be established at the end of existed path where playground is connected. Around rotary, new convenience facilities will be located such as Medical centre and shops.

    1. Hi, thanks for your question. How would you describe the location of the industrial area in relation to the town? It’s illegal to build factories in the town center.

    1. Thanks for your question. In your sentence, “would” is a future subjunctive mood. It’s probably too weak for a planned development.

    1. I’m not going to argue with native speakers but you have to consider the fact that this is an IELTS task. The reason why they show us a planned development is that they want to test if we’re able to use languages specific to an industrial plan like “be planned to”. In fact, when I was preparing for IELTS, one of my teachers who is an ex-examiner told me not to use “will” and “be going to” for a planned development. If you have access to an examiner, you can ask him or her.

      1. Yeah, you are completely right. Could you possibly explain that it is okay to write a sentence as an introductory paragraph?

      2. Hi, I don’t quite understand your question. Yes, your introductory paragraph can contain only one sentence if this is what you’re asking.

  2. The given map depicts the present industrial zone of Norbiton and future development plan of the town. Overall, at present there is a river ,farmland and eight factories in the town but future development includes all required facilities of being town such as shops, school and housing scheme.
    However, in the north of the town now ,there is a river from west to east in flow with a farmland on its north side. In south ,there is a circulatory road surrounded by eight factories along the road.
    Comparatively, In future planning image, there are two circulatory roads connecting with five main roads. In the north of town, river is not in flow as before but crossed by a bridge and road towards housing society in its north west and farmland on its north east. Moreover ,In south east there is school, playground and a medical centre which are surrounding three housing schemes while the south west side is planned with a road along with three housing schemes and shops in its south. Consequently, in the development map, there is a seminal shift from industrial zone to a socialized town.

  3. (Please have a look and feedback please)
    The given diagrams show the plan on Norbiton industrial area for future. The most certain change is that this town is to be changed to residential area from industrial area.
    First of the plans, the road of this town is going to be extended to the north across the river as well as to the northwest from the roundabout in the middle. It could allows housing development success with better access. There are plans for residential areas at the end of the new roads. Moreover, there are more households to be settled in the east by demolishing current factories.
    In addition to road and housing plans, there is another plan for facilities in terms of school, playground, shops and medical centre. Playground and school are planned to be built in the east part of the town, and shops and medical centre are to be in the south right under the big roundabout in the centre of the area.

  4. The two diagram illustrates the present and future situation of Norbiton industrial area in the town.
    Over all, it is clear that the plan is to develop industrial area with connection of road from factory to farm land. Moreover, bridge will be built over the river which separates industries and farming land. Likewise, factories will be demolished and resident buildings will be constructed. As a plan there will be more road networks in place with further improvements like ring road diversions.
    Currently, the Norbiton industrial area which is located at the east side of the town connects with running highway from town and further road is diverted with `L’ turn towards the factory. To the north of the factory expanse the river flowing towards east has completely isolated farm land from the factory. Likewise, the present-day map shows only factory buildings within the perimeter of industrial area.
    According to the proposal, there will be extra road connectivity inside the circumference of industrial area. Most significantly, the road will link the farm land with bridge constructed over the river which have divided these two places. Furthermore, there will be important developmental activities initiated as such like shops, medical center, school, playground and residential buildings on both farm land and factory.

  5. You write such lovely essays and Reports..Thank You for guiding us..But I am confused how you got just 7 bands in Writing. Such kind of Essays deserves band 8.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. All essays on this site were improved by native speakers so they are much better than what I wrote on actual exams.

  6. Hi
    I think it seems incorrect:
    “The farmland north of the river”
    should be replaced by:
    “The farmland to the north of the river”

  7. The maps illustrate an industrial area at present and the way of developing it into a residential area in the east of Norbiton.

    Overall, the location is bounded by a river to the north and a road to the south, whereas the industrial location is planned to be converted with upgrading facilities.

    In terms of the current situation, there is a roundabout in the middle of the area that connects eastern and southern roads with several factories around the roundabout and roads. The future upgrading shows that a plathora of novel constructions have been decided to be added to the eastern road, such as a school at the end of the path, a playground between the main roundabout and the school, and housing areas. Furthermore, a new northern road is planned to be built, whereas a bridge is designed to be established across the river to reach the farmland and similarly constructed houses.

    The future development of the map depicts that there is a newly added roundabout to the south road, while it has been decided to affix a medical centre to the east and shops to the west. Moreover, according to the growth plan, a road is going to be built to the north-west of the map, as well as several houses along the road.

  8. The maps show a currently industrial area… this does not seem correct to me. It should be something like “The two maps depict an industrial area to the east of Norbition and its proposed redesign.”

    1. Hi, don’t worry. “Currently industrial area” is correct. The adverb “currently” modifies the adjective “industrial”. This essay was corrected and improved by native speakers. There is no error. Hope this helps.

  9. Please have a look at it. looking for useful suggestions.

    These maps illustrate the site preferences of Norbiton industrial sector at present and its planned upcoming development.

    Overall, the main theme of the planning is to develop the eastern part of the Norbiton town into a residential area with the introduction of several basic infrastructures.

    At present, the main road in the southern part of the town connects to the industrial area with a T-intersection that leads to a roundabout. This roundabout extends to the eastern part with factories along the routes on either sides and at the end. A river flows from west to east part of the town separating the northern farmlands from the factory area.

    In the future, a smaller roundabout is to be added in the main road which connects to the existing roundabout in the north. This road is to facilitate shops in the west and a medical center in the east. Existing factories are to be completely demolished to make spaces for new facilities of housing and infrastructures. Similarly, road in the north- west region is to be planned to support housing and the existing roundabout is to be further increased towards the northern area over the river to introduce housing facilities by shifting the farmlands easterly. Likewise, a road parallel to the river is planned to access housing. Finally, towards the east and north-east part of the town, schools and playgrounds are proposed respectively along with several housings.

    1. In the introduction, the use of the word preferences, please if can explain the use of it. Also which one will be more suitable at present or in present

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