Towards Successful Suburban Town Centres
A study of the relationship between morphology, sociability, economics and accessibility

Please note that this project has finished. The current project is Adaptable Suburbs.

Socio-economic mapping themes and associated data sources

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Areal Unit


Car Ownership

Car or van ownership per household

Census output area

Census Table KS17

Commuting patterns

Contains journey-to-work flows within and between output areas in England

Census output area

2001 Census: Special Workplace Statistics (Level 3) Data were modified via a process known as Small Cell Adjustment Methodology (SCAM). The SCAM process is a disclosure control mechanism. Cells with a 'small' value (0 to 3) are adjusted and given either a 0 or 3 to project individuals (ONS, 2001).

Classification of occupation

Data for population aged 16 to 74 by their socio-economic classification, the replacement in the most recent census for social class based on occupation

Census output area

Census Table UV31 (Resident population)
Census Table UV76 (Workplace population)


Railways, Stations (Tube and Rail), A, B and minor roads, motorways and car parks

Polylines and points

Ordnance Survey Meridian and Address Layers 2

Method of travel to work

Usual population aged 16 to 74 and their method of travel to work. The method of travel to work is for the longest part, by distance, of the usual journey to work. The data was mapped for each suburb as place of work and place of residence

Census output area

Census Table UV39 (Resident population)
Census Table UV37 (Workplace population)

Functional activity land uses

Address Layer 2 is a product derived primarily from the Royal Mail postal address file (PAF), whereby each postal address (delivery point) has been allocated a unique reference and national grid reference. Supplementary to these data Address Layer 2 also incorporates information about geographically derived address locations that do not have specific postal addresses. It has been used in the project to locate positions of different types of land use, but it is limited because is does not provide data about floor space and size of activity.

Points based on national grid coordinates (x,y).

Ordnance Survey Address Layer 2

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EPSRC reference: EP/D06595X/1