Frequently asked questions
The big questions. And the small. Answered.
What is the difference between Springboard results and LDC results?
Firstly the boundary of the town centre – LDC defines the boundary in which they carry out the vacancy rate survey, which is often wider than that used by the Local Authority. It means that often secondary and tertiary units are included, which tend to have a higher vacancy rate than the core town centre. Springboard relies on the boundary as defined by the local authority (LA) and the LA carry out the survey within this area – we regard this as more accurate as the LA has the best idea as to what is a realistic town centre boundary. LDC’s boundaries mean that larger towns very often have higher vacancy rates than smaller towns as they have more secondary/tertiary properties.
Secondly the accuracy – it has been highlighted by a number of town centre managers that LDC’s data is not always accurate. In some towns they have classed units that are closed (half day closing) are vacant and some units that have two doors are noted down as two vacant units.