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These national park property hotspots are driving the market revival

Research by estate and lettings agent, Barrows and Forrester, has revealed that while just 17% of local authorities across England have seen property transactions exceed pre-Covid conditions, the top 10 biggest market revivals have been around national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Barrows and Forrester analysed property transactions to have taken place since the welcome boost of a stamp duty holiday was introduced and how this market performance compares to the same time period prior to its introduction.

The latest available data (February 2021) shows that since the stamp duty holiday was introduced on the 8th July 2020, 341,086 property transactions have completed across England. Although an impressive revival, the research by Barrows and Forrester also shows the market isn’t quite back to full health.

378,723 homes were sold in the same time period prior to the SDLT holiday starting, meaning the market is still off the pace by some 37,637 transactions; a -10% difference.

National park market hotspots

However, this isn’t the case across the entire market and the figures from Barrows and Forrester show that as much as 17% of all local authorities have now seen more homes sold since the SDLT holiday came into play, when compared to the same time period previous.

When it comes to the biggest market revivals at local authority level, the top 10 areas are all located in and around either a national park or an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Cotswold is the area of the market in the finest health at present. 845 homes have sold in the area since 8th July 2020, 26% more than the same time period prior.

Copeland, close to the Lake District National Park, has seen transactions climb 23% higher, while there has been a 22% uplift in transactions in the New Forest.

South Hams, home to the South Devon AONB, has also seen one of the largest market revivals, with 18% more transactions since the stamp duty holiday was introduced.

Elmbridge (16%) and Woking (14%) lie just to the north of the Surrey Hills AONB, while Tandridge (11%) sits between the Surrey Hills and High Weald AONBs.

Also ranking within the top 10 is South Oxfordshire which sits between the North Wessex Downs and Chiltern Hills AONBs, while East Hertfordshire (13%) lies within reach of both the Chiltern Hills and Dedham Value AONBs.

Completing the top 10 is Ryedale where transactions are up 10% since the stamp duty holiday, with the area straddling the North York Moors National Park.

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