Harrogate streets dominate most expensive list in Yorkshire and Humber

Rutland Drive in Harrogate
Rutland Drive in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council have stressed they are committed to providing affordable housing after Rutland Drive was named the most expensive in Yorkshire and the Humber.

In new research composed by Lloyds Banking Group, Rutland Drive was found to be most expensive street to live on with the average home costing more than £1million.

The annual research lists the 50 most expensive residential streets in England and Wales based on Land Registry records of transactions between January 2010 and October 2015.

A house on Rutland Drive costs £1.191million on average while Duchy Road was named second in Yorkshire and the Humber at £990,000.

Harewood Road in Wetherby at £801,000 also featured in the top 10 as did Walton Avenue (£796,000) and Queen Parade (£778,000) both of which in Harrogate.

Coun Rebecca Burnett, cabinet member for Planning, said the council had plans in place to ensure homes suitable for first-time buyers were being built in the district.

She said: “I agree about the high house prices in this area but we can’t help what’s gone before but when new developments come through now we have a 40 per cent affordable housing policy in place.

“Our housing mix policy also makes sure we get the type of properties we need in the area for first-time buyers and thanks to this, there will be more affordable homes in the area.

“If a developer comes to us and they want to build only five bedroom homes as their other 60 per cent, our housing mix policy means we can say that’s not what the area needs.

“We have our local plan, we have assessed what the local need is for residents looking for housing. They need two or three bedroom homes and we focus very strongly on that.”

Under the council’s affordable housing programme, two new council homes are now being built in the Glasshouses area with another two in Knaresborough on council owned garage sites.

The report found that streets in the ‘Golden Triangle’ between Harrogate, Wetherby and North Leeds tended to be the most expensive in the area.

Director of Visit Harrogate, Mike Newby, said he was not surprised that Harrogate streets featured prominently in the list after the town was voted as the happiest place to live in the UK for the third year running.

He said: “The disadvantage of living in a fantastic place to live is that it will always push house prices up. It’s a reflection of what a good place Harrogate is to live.

“It makes it difficult for people on lower incomes to get on the property ladder. The list does reflect well on the district but we mustn’t be complacent about the people who are struggling.”