Tag Archives: data

Lies, damn lies and floorspace statistics…?

It’s a well-known fact that there is too much retail floorspace currently available relative to demand. Or is it? It’s an article of faith that town centres are being adversely affected by competition from out of town retail developments. But what are we basing that faith upon? We’re not short of reviews and recommendations about the future...
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Spotlight on town centre business rates

What happens to local authority business rates income when out-of-town retail parks compete with town centres? This evidence of out of town impact was missing, so we undertook the analysis using Valuation Office Agency data, and our own nationally consistent town centre boundaries originally developed for DCLG. The study period 2005-2010 examined the impact of steep recession,...
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Important aims, interesting data analysis

Throughout our time in business, we’ve been lucky in being able to contribute to research which is both important in its aims and fascinating in the methods which can be applied. The Environment Agency was an early adopter of spatial analysis, not just to manage assets and immediate interventions, but to plan for future policy and...
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What’s in a Mapcase?

A Mapcase is a fusion of data, a blog and an interactive map, which allows you to tell a story of what's happening. UK consumer charity Which? used a Mapcase to illustrate how different regions of the UK were being affected by the squeeze on household spending power. You can tell the story in words, but...
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