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An Attempt to Delimit the C.B.D of Stamford.

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G.C.S.E Geography Coursework An Attempt to Delimit the C.B.D of Stamford- Introduction: The aim of this coursework is to define the edge or the boundary of the Central Business District of Stamford. Stamford is a market town that is situated 100 miles north of London, just off the main A1 road to York and Edinburgh. It is located at the southernmost tip of Lincolnshire, where it meets the counties Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. Stamford is part of the South Kesteven District. The town is centrally located to the east of the existing motorway network and has good links to the rest of the country. The C.B.D is the central area of the town, which contains the main concentration of shops, offices, places of entertainment and public buildings. These are some of the characteristics of the Central Business District: 1) Multi-storey development-High land values force buildings to grow upwards so the floor space of the C.B.D is much greater than the ground space. 2) Concentration of retailing-High levels of accessibility attract shops with high range and threshold characteristics such as department stores in the most central areas and the specialist shops in less accessible areas. 3) Public transport is concentrated-There is a convergence of bus routes on the C.B.D. 4) Few people live in the C.B.D- These are limited to a few luxury flats as well as some artisans. ...read more.

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Identified each building classification. It was crucial to record the land-use outside the area, which is likely to be the C.B.D in order to correctly mark the edge of the central business district. Collection of secondary data- Maps and aerial photos were collected from Oundle School geography intranet site and were reproduced to annotate the base maps for presenting data on. Used this source to find key information and characteristics of the C.B.D. South Kesteven District Council plan-Used this site www.skdc.com to generate more large-scale maps, Goad maps and base maps. Established the core of the Central Business District, using the Rate Index via www.voa.gov.uk. Dividing the rateable values by the area in square metres produced the rate indices. Results A graph to show the shopping quality along the outer transects A graph to show the shopping quality against the location for the Stamford City centre. Analysis Pedestrian Count Looking at the isoline map of all the pedestrian count values over the town centre and the outer transects. A clear trend presents itself. The more you move out from the town centre, the more the pedestrian count decrease. E.g., the middle of the high street in the centre of the isoline map, there are count values of 75 and 120. However, by the time you reach the third location the number has fallen to 3 or 4. ...read more.

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Consequently, parking restrictions and car parks had to be introduced into the area. If you look at the two bar-charts (see appendices) comparing the shopping quality in the town center against the shopping quality along the transects, then a clear pattern emerges, they show that the shopping quality in the town center scores very low out of 23 so indicating that the shopping quality is very high, while the transects score very highly on shopping quality, indicating that the shopping quality is very poor. This is because all of the shops are concentrated in the town center, if you compare the results from the pedestrian count (isoline map) against the shopping quality bar-charts then they directly correlate, as there are very high pedestrian counts in the town center and very low pedestrian counts along the transects, so indicating that there are an awful lot of pedestrians in the town center and very few along transects, so this confirms what I already know that the shopping quality in the town center must therefore be very high to attract them. The reason that the shopping quality is so high is because the CBD of a town is very accessible to pedestrians, all bus-routes converge on there, there are many pedestrianised streets and parking restrictions are very tight. So it's very safe and easy for pedestrians to get around, so it's an ideal location for all the shops to be if they want to attract the maximum number of shoppers. Land-use ...read more.

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