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How and why does quality of housing vary through different areas in Sheffield?

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AS Geographical Investigation: How and why does quality of housing vary through different areas in Sheffield? 1) Identification of a question: I am investigating housing quality in Sheffield because I think that it is interesting to see how housing quality varies throughout the different areas (wards) in Sheffield. I also think that it is a good topic to base my investigation on because the topic of housing has lots of different aspects to study and is manageable within time available. 2) Development of strategy: I will gather my primary data by visiting different areas throughout Sheffield and assess the quality of the environment and the housing. I will also gather secondary data from Sheffield library about housing and trends. I will do this by looking at the local census and see if there is any useful information contained in them that I could use. The library is not the only place where useful information can be gathered, I could go to local estate agents in Sheffield and also look on the internet at how house prices differ in the areas that I am studying to see if any trends or patterns can be established. ...read more.

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The points were going out towards the North, North East, South East, South, South West, West and North West edges of the city. We did it this way so it would be going through as many of Sheffield's different wards as possible and give spread of data over the whole city. Another reason why the survey points were located where they were was because of easier access, nine of the points were located close to main tram lines and the other 3 points were accessed using a car. This meant that on the first day the data was gathered in enough time to visit the library and estate agent for additional information. We then returned to Sheffield to do the other 9 housing quality indexes and gather additional information on house prices and trends. No housing quality checks were carried out to the West of the city because that is the area where mainly industry is located and there are very few houses. 4) Analysis, evaluation and interpretation: The results of the environmental and housing quality indexes are shown in Fig 4.1. The general pattern that is shown is the further that the survey points get away from the city centre, the greater the total number of points that that area has received. ...read more.

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This shows a clear difference between the two sides of the city and I am 96.8% sure that the difference did not occur by chance. 5) Presentation of a summary: I think overall the results I obtained are quite accurate and as I predicted. I think I have successfully established how and why housing quality varies throughout different areas in Sheffield. What I have established is that generally the quality of housing increases going further away from the city centre. I have also found that there are differences in quality between the East and the West sides of the city. If I were to improve my study I would do an extra group of environmental checks so the study reaches out further away from the city centre, for example a further 2km. This would mean all off Sheffield's areas (wards) were included in the survey as about 5 wards were missed out due to lack of time. I also think that the results may have been more accurate if all of the different environments were assessed by the same person, as different people may give areas more/ less generous scores than others as they may have a different opinion on how many points it is worth. ...read more.

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