SRA have a long record of research and consultation on
environmental issues, and have carried out studies on public
attitudes to noise, air pollution, street trading and other
concerns. SRA have also produced research on rural issues
including transport, regeneration and access to services. Other
research has looked to understand the often close interaction
between habitat and human activity
has also been completed for local authorities and the EU to
develop Community Indicators for monitoring Local Transport Plans
& other sustainable development. The challenge here has been to
find measures which are scientifically robust whilst at the same
time making sense to local communities. One interesting study
recorded differences in attitudes to the environment between
different ethnic communities.
Another focus of our work is perceptions of town centres.
Working with local authorities, we have fed into refurbishments
and partnership working with retailers to develop strategies to
update city environments. A particular focus of current work is the way in which planning for the fast growing night time economy is neglected in favour of focusing on daytime needs.