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Which areas have seen biggest house price rises during pandemic?

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The areas of Britain that have seen the biggest house price rises during the pandemic have been revealed exclusively to MailOnline Property

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, and Banbury in Oxfordshire top the list compiled by Halifax and have seen prices rocket by £100,000 – or more than a third.

The analysis, based on places with house sales of at least 100, covers the period from the beginning of March last year to the end of February 2021. 

Also in the top 10 are Chorley in Lancashire, Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and Salisbury in Wiltshire, indicating that big rises have been seen across the country. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the story to see the full list of 100 areas where prices are up 12 per cent or more

We reveal where house prices have risen the most since the first lockdown in March last year

We reveal where house prices have risen the most since the first lockdown in March last year

This three-bed house in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is for sale for u00A3281,250 via estate agents WIlliam H Brown

This three-bed house in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is for sale for £281,250 via estate agents WIlliam H Brown

House prices have risen the most in Bury St Edmunds, increasing 37 per cent on average from £267,217 to £367,421 during the past year.

The pretty cathedral town in Suffolk is known for its Abbey Gardens and boasts hundreds of hanging baskets and pots in bloom during the spring and summer.

It is followed closely by Banbury, which has seen average house prices rise 36 per cent, from £283,830 to £385,556.

In third position is King’s Lynn, where average values are up 28 per cent in a year, from £232,586 to £298,399. 

None of the top 10 locations are in London. However, parts of the capital do feature in the longer list of the 100 locations with the highest house prices rises during the past year.

They are at the bottom, with the north London borough of Haringey ranked in position 98 and the north west London borough of Brent ranked in position 100.

This three-bed terrace house in Banbury,u00A0Oxfordshire, is for sale for u00A3275,000 via estate agents Connells

This three-bed terrace house in Banbury, Oxfordshire, is for sale for £275,000 via estate agents Connells

It comes as Britain approaches the anniversary of the first lockdown on 23 March, a period that has seen a sledgehammer taken to the jobs market.

Many industries suffered a bigger fall in vacancies during 2020 than in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

And yet unlike the 2008 crisis and the economic downturn at that time, during the past year the average price of a house has risen.

The typical value of a home in Britain is up 12 per cent, from £285,428 to £320,457, during the past year, according to Halifax.

This four-bed house in King's Lynn, Norfolk, is for sale for u00A3280,000 via estate agents William H Brown

This four-bed house in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, is for sale for £280,000 via estate agents William H Brown

(Average £)
(Average £)
Mar 20 – Feb 2021 Change %
South West 280,588 327,061 17%
East Anglia 276,291 317,844 15%
North West 206,362 236,197 14%
East Midlands 224,122 256,103 14%
West Midlands 231,291 263,661 14%
Yorkshire and Humberside 196,241 221,833 13%
South East 380,469 428,601 13%
Wales 191,309 214,150 12%
North 174,322 191,893 10%
Northern Ireland 167,843 180,483 8%
Greater London 538,909 567,788 5%
Scotland 190,250 194,086 2%
UK 285,428 320,457 12%
Source: Halifax       

Halifax also revealed the average house price increases in each region, with the South West ranked top with a 17 per cent rise from March last year to February this year.

It reflects the desire for more outdoor and indoor space during the past year as the restrictions of successive lockdowns have taken their toll.

Andrew Asaam, of Halifax, said: ‘Like a lot of things about last year, it would have been difficult to predict the places where we’d see the biggest house price growth, especially while everything shut down in the first lockdown.

‘Towns like Bury St Edmonds, Kings Lynn in Norfolk and Banbury in Oxfordshire have seen the biggest jump in house prices over the past year, while further north, Chorley and Huddersfield have also seen significant increases.

‘More time spent at home over the past 12 months has also helped fuel a desire for properties with more space and broadened the scope for how people think about certain locations, as work-life balance has shifted for buyers and sellers during 2020.

‘We saw a surge in the market over the second half of last year following the effective shutdown of the first lockdown, as well as people racing to benefit from the stamp duty holiday.’


The amount at which stamp duty is paid was temporarily increased by the Government last summer, to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland.

The tax break was due to end on March 31, but  the Chancellor announced in the Budget that it will now end on June 30.

After this date, the starting rate of stamp duty will be £250,000 until the end of September. Stamp duty will then return to the usual level of £125,000. 

This four-bed semi-detached house in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, is for sale for 190,000 via Strike estate agents

This four-bed semi-detached house in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, is for sale for 190,000 via Strike estate agents

(Average £)
(Average £)
Mar 20 – Feb 21 Change %
BURY ST EDMUNDS 267,217 367,421 37%
BANBURY 283,830 385,556 36%
KING’S LYNN 232,586 298,399 28%
CHORLEY 188,206 240,906 28%
LEAMINGTON SPA 316,029 402,245 27%
HEREFORD 237,786 300,059 26%
MACCLESFIELD 298,791 371,531 24%
SALISBURY 313,248 388,238 24%
HUDDERSFIELD 187,221 231,920 24%
CHELTENHAM 322,648 396,885 23%
NEWTON ABBOT 251,329 309,040 23%
AYR 154,515 189,879 23%
STOURBRIDGE 259,458 316,675 22%
BURTON ON TRENT 210,966 257,397 22%
GREAT YARMOUTH 191,488 232,531 21%
CHESTERFIELD 184,580 223,300 21%
SOUTHEND ON SEA 280,556 336,760 20%
HOVE 409,519 491,304 20%
SOUTH SHIELDS 146,932 175,672 20%
GRANTHAM 228,843 273,594 20%
TAUNTON 249,151 297,599 19%
WALSALL 189,032 225,756 19%
TELFORD 197,203 234,914 19%
GLOUCESTER 241,136 286,881 19%
POOLE 309,241 367,758 19%
FAREHAM 296,283 351,651 19%
WOKING 497,775 590,624 19%
SCUNTHORPE 142,878 169,153 18%
DARLINGTON 169,348 200,313 18%
WIRRAL 228,040 269,725 18%
NEWARK 209,881 247,751 18%
ALTRINCHAM 402,181 474,335 18%
Islington (LA) 665,051 783963.4279 18%
DONCASTER 161,452 190,288 18%
WESTON SUPER MARE 226,748 267,050 18%
STOKE ON TRENT 165,137 194,299 18%
GILLINGHAM (KENT) 259,084 304,767 18%
SWADLINCOTE 197,532 231,113 17%
DUNSTABLE 280,929 328,440 17%
MAIDSTONE 295,426 345,313 17%
EASTBOURNE 261,108 305,112 17%
BEDFORD 331,172 386,688 17%
ASHFORD (KENT) 314,571 366,812 17%
WIDNES 173,004 201,627 17%
BRIDGWATER 224,932 261,930 16%
WORTHING 328,787 382,803 16%
STOCKPORT 271,530 315,503 16%
MANCHESTER 204,975 237,517 16%
NUNEATON 210,761 243,744 16%
BLACKBURN 143,342 165,486 15%
BOLTON 168,616 194,521 15%
CANTERBURY 317,908 366,586 15%
KETTERING 240,438 276,836 15%
COLCHESTER 304,015 349,752 15%
BIRMINGHAM 207,402 238,489 15%
LEICESTER 238,149 273,368 15%
NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME 174,906 200,656 15%
WREXHAM 187,277 214,751 15%
GRAVESEND 311,216 356,466 15%
NEWTOWNABBEY 142,518 163,201 15%
WARRINGTON 222,755 254,718 14%
WATERLOOVILLE 319,090 364,485 14%
BURNLEY 143,786 164,096 14%
HIGH WYCOMBE 409,285 466,959 14%
WOKINGHAM 470,415 536,095 14%
LINCOLN 219,282 249,790 14%
BRIGHTON 387,281 441,104 14%
TUNBRIDGE WELLS 462,906 527,137 14%
SLOUGH 411,830 468,856 14%
ST ALBANS 546,492 621,867 14%
COVENTRY 217,500 247,120 14%
SOLIHULL 382,713 434,735 14%
WOLVERHAMPTON 202,131 229,589 14%
ELY 294,030 333,893 14%
LEEDS 226,939 257,637 14%
DERBY 209,554 237,787 13%
WAKEFIELD 200,920 227,944 13%
HARLOW 298,891 339,055 13%
GATESHEAD 152,713 173,197 13%
SITTINGBOURNE 264,607 299,592 13%
MILTON KEYNES 326,609 369,656 13%
CHIPPENHAM 314,157 355,398 13%
OLDHAM 178,157 201,530 13%
ILFORD 441,239 498,570 13%
NEWPORT (GWENT) 180,849 204,217 13%
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 201,582 227,502 13%
EASTLEIGH 316,345 357,008 13%
PLYMOUTH 202,024 227,798 13%
NOTTINGHAM 213,856 241,030 13%
KEIGHLEY 183,542 206,568 13%
HARROGATE 325,272 365,914 12%
CRAWLEY 331,869 373,077 12%
ORPINGTON 483,028 542,656 12%
WORKSOP 154,126 173,053 12%
NORWICH 268,778 301,745 12%
Haringey (LA) 564,932 633,077 12%
SWANSEA 176,330 197,520 12%
Brent (LA) 548,088 613,783 12%
Source: Halifax                         

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Barings and HBD secure planning for London logistics scheme (GB)

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Barings and HBD have secured detailed planning for a strategic logistics scheme in Rainham, London, transforming a 20-acre brownfield site. The new development, Momentum London, is being delivered by Barings and HBD in a joint venture partnership. It will create 381,814ft² of new logistics and industrial space across four units ranging from 41,000 -171,000ft².


The scheme will target Net Zero Carbon, BREEAM “Excellent” and an EPC “A+” rating. This is being achieved by dynamic design, careful consideration of materials, zero use of fossil fuels, maximizing photovoltaic solar panels, battery storage and intelligent building systems. The units will be 100% EV ready, including passive fleet charging to the yards.


The logistics park will be set in landscaped environment with picnic and public areas, as well as direct access onto the Thames Cycle Path, so that it brings further social benefits to the area. Positioned on the River Thames, with potential for jetty access, Momentum will offer an easy stepping stone into Central London and out via the A13, just minutes away.


Darren Hutchinson, Head of UK Real Estate Transactions and Managing Director at Barings, said: Momentum London will be a strategically located logistics scheme with strong environmental and social credentials, beneficial both to future occupiers and the communities around it. Logistics is one of Barings’ preferred investment sectors and Momentum London exemplifies the kind of developments we’re seeking, with a keen interest in exploring joint ventures like this one with HBD.”


Simon Quine, Senior Development Surveyor at HBD, said: “Industrial and logistics space remains in very limited supply across London, particularly larger distribution units. Momentum will plug that gap within the M25 and provide modern, sustainable logistics and distribution space to serve London and the wider South East market. Landscaping and wellness have been thoroughly considered, with careful design considerations and enhancements to the Thames Foot and Cycle path, which we hope will help occupiers to attract and retain staff.”

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Mirrored furniture trend can create the illusion of space in your home

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Mirrored furniture provokes strong emotions. Some see it as the epitome of bad taste, flashy and bling. Others know that mirrors have magic powers.

A mirrored table or cabinet makes a room or a hallway appear more swish and spacious. It’s a trick that bars and restaurants employ to ensure their establishments appear roomier and more inviting — and they can add lustre to your home, too.

Choosing a piece of mirrored furniture also sends out a sign that you are aware of one of the year’s trends — the return of Art Deco, the influential style that emerged in the 1920s. 

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

It blended forms that celebrated modern machinery with decorative elements drawn from Greco-Roman culture and nature. 

The mirror was a favourite material, used on the surfaces of furniture and walls to supply a shimmering silver and gold effect.

Probably the most famous piece of Art Deco architecture is New York’s Chrysler Building. Completed in 1930, its sunburst-patterned stainless steel spire remains one of the key elements of the Manhattan skyline.

Art Deco console tables, drinks trolleys and other items from the era of the building’s construction sell for thousands on auction sites such as 1stdibs underlining the growing appeal of this aesthetic. 

Jamie Watkins, the co-founder of fabric and wallpaper company Divine Savages, explains Art Deco’s allure for a new audience.

‘Art Deco, with its bold geometrical patterns was such an iconic period for design: it’s synonymous with glamour and luxury.’

The resurgent popularity of Art Deco is also based on its practicality: a mirrored piece works with almost any interior, adding interest and depth.

The power of the mirror to create a wow impression has been recognised for centuries. 

Examples of this technique include the round mirror on the wall behind the bride and groom in Jan van Eyck’s 1434 Arnolfini Portrait in the National Gallery. It sends out the message that the couple are discerning — and wealthy.

Cheers: B&M's £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

Cheers: B&M’s £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

The hall of mirrors in the palace of Versailles was designed to be a place of beauty, but also to display the financial resources of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Mirrors were a luxury item until an inexpensive manufacturing process was invented in the 1830s.

In 2022, it is possible to pick up mirrored pieces for under £100. B&M has a £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves that would lend an air of Thirties elegance to any gathering. The £94.99 Ellison serving cart (a U.S. term for drinks trolley) from Wayfair has a similar vibe.

If you believe that the right mirrored trolley would save you money on trips to bars, the larger £144.95 gold oval mirrored trolley from Melody Maison could be the thing.

A mirrored cocktail cabinet will dazzle guests. The £1,200 Primrose & Plum champagne and gold cabinet has a Jazz-Age feel.

The £299 Venetian sideboard from Furniture Market, meanwhile, is a more modestly priced way to conjure up the party spirit of the Roaring Twenties.

The show flats of apartment blocks are often equipped with mirrored cocktail cabinets containing bottles of spirits and crystal glasses. This makes buyers dream of dinner parties, with a prelude of aperitifs, but also serves to make the apartment appear even roomier.

A console table in the hall also creates an illusion of space which can be amplified by the addition of a lamp. HomesDirect365 has a range in the style of almost every era including Art Deco, Regency, the 1960s and the 1970s. Prices start at £233.

The bedroom is often the most cramped room in either a house or flat which is why this can be the best place to experiment with mirrored furniture. 

The desire to preserve family harmony is another reason. The other members of your household may prefer the kitchen and living room to be slick and understated, seeing anything mirrored as excessive.

In the bedroom, however, you can indulge your decor fantasies. Habitat has the one-drawer Hepburn bedside table for £76.

Next offers the antique effect Fleur bedside table which costs £225 for the one-drawer version and £275 for the two-drawer version. 

The Fleur is also available as a six-drawer chest for £599 or a £1,150 double wardrobe if you seek to waft around your bedroom channelling your inner 1930s Hollywood screen siren. 

Dunelm’s Venetian mirrored dressing table also offers a chance to live out your dream of silver screen stardom (£449).

If mirrored furniture has brought out your party animal, kindling a passion for Art Deco in every guise, Divine Savages offers Deco Martini wallpaper whose design is based on the geometric forms, with a hidden Martini glass within the print (£150 per roll).

Some of your guests may not be too busy checking out their reflections on the doors of the mirrored cabinet to notice this subtle and witty detail in the wallpaper.

Savings of the week! water jugs… Up to 52% off 

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from is half-price at £22

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from is half-price at £22

Sitting outside on a sunny afternoon is already delightful. But it is even more enjoyable if you are sipping on a cool drink or an iced coffee from a generously sized jug, or maybe even a Pimm’s. The arrival of the July sales means bargains abound.

If you prioritise practicality, Ocado’s textured lustre plastic picnic jug has 33 per cent off at £8.

The price of the pleasingly geometric plastic smoky-grey Prism jug from Wayfair is 16 per cent off at £10.10. 

If you would like to feel as if you are in the south of France, John Lewis has the plain glass Arles wicker-wrapped jug. It is reduced from £25 to £12, down 52 per cent.

Wanting something more elegant that you can also use for flowers? The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from is also half-price at £22.

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VGP acquires French logistics development

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VGP NV and VALGO signed an agreement to purchase 32 hectares of land that housed the former Petroplus refining units in Petit-Couronne, near Rouen. This brownfield rehabilitation project is fully in line with VGP’s core expertise and strategy. Thanks to the six years ownership of the site by VALGO and its expertise in asbestos removal, soil and water table decontamination, in-situ waste treatment and development, this area has now become a suitable site for the development of new industries and business activities.


On the banks of the river Seine and close to the A13 highway, the 32-hectare area of land offers its future users a highly strategic location. Following the extensive depollution work carried out by VALGO, the site is now ready for redevelopment. VGP expanded into France only a few months ago and is delighted to start its French business activities in the dynamic Rouen Normandy metropolis area, via this major project. In total, around 150,000m² of land are set to be redeveloped to accommodate industrial and logistics projects, with work due to begin in 2023.


Jan Van Geet, CEO VGP, said: “VGP is delighted to begin its business activities in France on a site as exceptional as this one, with strong economic and environmental ambitions that are shared by both our partner, VALGO, and the local authorities. As the rehabilitation of brownfield sites is at the heart of our business, this project is a great opportunity for us to deploy our industrial and logistical know-how. The uncertain geopolitical situation and the rise in transport prices mean that companies are increasingly looking for local support to start their business. In this context, we strongly believe in the relevance of our integrated model with a long-term vision. We are now eager to get to work and bring all the expertise of the Group to the project.”


Francois Bouche, CEO VALGO, commented: “We are delighted that this huge piece of land has been sold to a major investor with experience in redeveloping brownfields in Europe. However, I would first like to celebrate the work of the men and women who worked so hard to make this colossal project a success. It took more than 1 million hours and over €60m in investment by VALGO to turn the page on over 80 years of refining on this site, which already employs 600 people.”

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