The Gloucestershire town of Cheltenham saw the highest percentage rise in house prices of any major UK town
or city in 2017, according to new research by Halifax. The average house price in the town that’s located on the edge
of the Cotswolds and is famous for its horse racing and cultural festivals, was 13% higher than in the previous year,
increasing from £277,118 to £313,150 in 2017; nearly five times the 2.7% increase in the UK as a whole.
The seaside town of Bournemouth on the south coast experienced the second biggest rise, with an increase of 11.7%,
while Brighton, on the south east coast completed the top three with an 11.4% rise in the past year.
Fifteen of the 20 top house price performers are in London and southern England – these include Crawley (10.4%),
Newham (10.2%), Peterborough (10.1%), Gloucester (9.5%) and Exeter (9.1%).
Huddersfield (9.3%) in Yorkshire and the Humber, Nottingham (8.9%) and Lincoln (8.4%) in the East Midlands along with
Stockport in the North West (8.2%) and Swansea in Wales (7.7%) are the top performers outside London and the South,
making the top 20 this year. There were marginal price decreases in a number of other towns: three in Scotland – Paisley (-3.6%),
Dunfermline (-2.2%) and Aberdeen (-1.1%); five in Yorkshire and the Humber – Wakefield (-2.9%), Rotherham (-2.2%),
Barnsley (-1.6%), Bradford (-0.4%) and Leeds (-0.4%); one in the West Midlands – Stoke on Trent (-4.0%); Bromley in the
South East (-0.6%); Hounslow in Greater London (-0.2%); and Sunderland in the North (-0.2%).