22 July 2014

Residents of Grand Union Village in Northolt are being asked to give their views on what it is like living in a neighbourhood that has been designed to encourage sustainable living for a University of Hertfordshire research project.

'Sustainable living' refers to ways of behaving that seek to minimise the impact of individuals and communities on the environment. This includes, for example, decisions around choice of travel, where to shop and how to spend leisure time. The project aims to contribute to the debate about how the UK can build communities which better meet society's environmental, social and economic needs.

Residents who are willing to participate in a research interview with staff from the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Sustainable Communities (CSC) will each receive a £20 shopping voucher to thank them for taking part.

Dr John McCormack, Lafarge Tarmac research fellow at the CSC, said: "We are investigating the extent to which the assumptions and intentions of housing developers, planners and architects - in respect of how best to promote sustainable, green living - are actually reflected in the day-to-day lives of residents."

The Sustainable Living Research Project is being run by the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Sustainable Communities (CSC), in partnership with Lafarge Tarmac, the UK's leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions company.

Dr Martyn Kenny, Lafarge Tarmac's Sustainability Director, said: "The research findings from residents of Grand Union Village will provide valuable insight into the experience of people living in a sustainable community. Gaining a better understanding is essential if we are to design and build fantastic communities in the UK which are not only great places to live but also look after the environment."

Willing residents will be asked to give their consent to an informal interview, of no more than one hour duration, which will take place either in their homes, at the Grand Union Village Community Development Trust offices in Weaver House or at a mutually agreed alternative venue. The research interviews will take place now until October this year with the research project findings being announced in summer 2015.

To book an interview contact Dr John McCormack on 07811352114 j.mccormack@herts.ac.uk