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Friday, March 14, 2014
With its freshwater marshes, far- reaching views and strong community spirit, it is no surprise that Blakeney has become a destination for both holidaymakers and homeowners.
It has become known as a tourist hot-spot and the north Norfolk village has been recognised in The Sunday Times’ annual 101 Best Places to Live supplement, which lists the UK’s best home locations.
The list featured 11 East Anglian towns and villages, which were chosen for their quality of life, community spirit, good local shops and outdoor spaces.
Blakeney Parish Council chairman Tony Faulkner said he was not surprised by the news, as the village was a fantastic place to both live and visit.
He said: “It is so incredibly good here for having an immense number of activities going on.
“Any interest you have, you will find it here.”
James Player, 29, director of the Blakeney Cottage Company, which offers self-catering holidays, said: “It is stunning, there is nowhere really like it in the UK.
“When you are walking down the high street you can see the view of Blakeney Channel going out.”
But with the area a popular second home and retirement destination, house prices have crept up, making it more difficult for locals to buy. The Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society was founded in 1946 to offer affordable housing for tenants with a local birth tie.
It now owns 39 houses and cottages in Blakeney and the neighbouring villages.
Paul Cowell, 46, a chef, lives in a housing society home in Blakeney’s high street with his partner Amanda Sayers, 46.
He said: “I was fortunate enough to fall in love with a person who lives in this place.
“But I don’t think local people can afford to live here – the society is a lifeline for those people.”
Lal Wright, the society’s secretary, said it aimed to make housing available for local people.
She said: “It is a shame houses have become so expensive that people cannot afford to buy them. A one-up-one-down cottage would cost £200,000.
“We gave a local person a house in the last six months and we had 11 people on the waiting list.”
Bury St Edmunds, East Bergholt, Framlingham and Orford in Suffolk also featured in The Sunday Times’ list, which will be published on March 16.
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