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Footfall signatures and volumes: Towards a classification of UK centres

Mumford, Christine ORCID:, Parker, Cathy, Ntounis, Nikolaos and Dargan, Ed 2021. Footfall signatures and volumes: Towards a classification of UK centres. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 48 (6) , pp. 1495-1510. 10.1177/2399808320911412

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The changing nature of retail coupled with rapid technological and social developments, areposing great challenges to the attractiveness of traditional retail areas in the UK. In this paperwe argue that the definitions and classifications of town centres currently adopted by UKplanners and policy makers are outdated, because of their focus on retail occupancy. Instead,we propose a more dynamic definition and classification of centres, based on their activityvolumes and patterns, which we obtain from footfall data. Our expectation is that adoptingthis activity-based approach to defining and classifying centres will radically alter the way inwhich they are developed and managed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0265-8135
Funders: Innovate UK
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 March 2020
Date of Acceptance: 9 January 2020
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 21:29

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