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Investigating retail property market dynamics through spatial accessibility measures

Adejimi Alli Adebayo (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Paul Greenhalgh (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Kevin Muldoon-Smith (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Journal of European Real Estate Research

ISSN: 1753-9269

Article publication date: 8 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The retail property market is constantly adopting to the continuous demand of retailers and their consumers. This paper aims to investigate retail property market dynamics through spatial accessibility measures of the City of York street network. It explores how spatial accessibility metrics (SAM) explain retail market dynamics (RMD) through changes in the city’s retail rental values and stock.

Design/methodology/approach

Valuation office agency (VOA) data sets (aspatial) and ordnance survey map (spatial) data form the empirical foundation for this investigation. Changes in rental value and retail stock between 2010 and 2017 VOA data sets represent the RMD variables. While, the configured street network measures of Space Syntax, namely, global integration, local integration, global choice and normalised angular choice form the SAM variables. The relationship between these variables is analysed through geo-visualisation and statistical testing using GIS and SPSS tools.

Findings

The study reveals that there has been an overall negative changes of 15 and 22% in rental value and retail stock, respectively, even though some locations within the sampled city (York, North Yorkshire, England) indicated positive changes. The study further indicated that changes in retail rental value and stock have occurred within locations with good accessibility index. It also verifies that there are spatial and statistical relationship between variables and 22% of RMD variability was jointly accounted for by SAM.

Originality/value

This research is first to investigates changes in retail property market variables through spatial accessibility measures of space syntax. It contributes to the burgeoning research field of real estate and Space Syntax.

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Citation

Adebayo, A.A., Greenhalgh, P. and Muldoon-Smith, K. (2019), "Investigating retail property market dynamics through spatial accessibility measures", Journal of European Real Estate Research, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 155-172. https://doi.org/10.1108/JERER-01-2018-0009

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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