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. 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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