More new homes are being built in South Norfolk than in many other areas of the UK

PUBLISHED: 10:43 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 26 September 2018

Pic: Archant Norfolk

Pic: Archant Norfolk

South Norfolk is a house-building hotspot, coming seventh in a new league table showing the areas of the UK where the most new homes have been built over the past seven years.

More new homes were built in South Norfolk than in many other parts of the country over the past seven years, states a new report.

The area came joint seventh in a league table of house building growth in the UK since 2010, with a 10 per cent rise.

It comes as the EDP previousLy reported that 122 sites for new homes were earmarked in South Norfolk for new homes in July with 1,180 new homes completed in a year, between March 2017 and April 2018, 33 per cent more than the previous year and higher than the national average.

Locations in South Norfolk seeing hundreds of new homes built include Mulbarton, Poringland, Long Stratton, Dickleburgh, Surlingham and Stoke Holy Cross. These villages not only offer an ideal commuter distance to Norwich but, following the dualling of the A11, offer potential homes for those working further afield, in Cambridge and London, and with prices much lower.

Marc Langdon, head of new homes at Bidwells, and currently marketing a new development of homes at Watermill Meadow in the South Norfolk village of Stoke Holy Cross, said the area was popular with buyers because it offered the country life yet with good amenities. “Stoke Holy Cross has, for example, a primary school rated outstanding by OFSTED, and a fine dining experience offered by The Wildebeest restaurant,” he said.

Topping the league table with the highest percentage of new homes going up was Tower Hamlets, London which saw a 14 per cent rise, according to the data from the Royal Mail and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

This was followed by Corby, Cambridge, Uttlesford, Dartford, and Aylesbury Vale, all which had an 11 per cent rise, and then South Norfolk, as well as the Vale of White Horse, Test Valley, and Tewkesbury, all with a 10 per cent increase.

Royal Mail compiled the results using data from the Valuation Office Agency, the Office of National Statistics and information from Royal Mail’s ‘Not Yet Built’ database, where new development plans are recorded.

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