• Milton Keynes postal area has the highest proportion of new builds in Britain, outside of London.
    • Five out of the top 10 areas for new build homes are in Southern England, three in The Midlands
    • Areas where more than a quarter of property sales are accounted for by new build have a six per cent higher property price growth rate than the national average
Milton Keynes is Britain’s top location for the highest concentration of new build properties*, outside of London, according to new data from Zoopla and Hometrack, with new homes accounting for over a third (33.2 per cent) of property sales.
Zoopla analysed data from Hometrack to reveal which areas of Britain have the highest concentration of new build properties as a share of all property sales. The fast growing, ex new town of Milton Keynes is closely followed by Crewe (29.6 per cent), which joins Middlesbrough in Teeside as one of only two areas in Northern England to have made it into the top 10, and the Greater London town of Ilford (28.8 per cent) in third place.
At the other end of the table, the Shetland village of Sandness has the smallest proportion of property sales accounted for by newly built properties, at only 0.5 per cent. The second lowest is Greater London’s Orpington, at 2.7 per cent, closely followed by the Scottish town of Dumfries with 2.9 per cent.
Zoopla also looked at how property values have changed in areas with a higher proportion of new build housing. The data reveals that areas which have a new build concentration of 25 per cent or more have grown in value on average by 29.7 per cent over the past five years, six per cent above than the national average property price growth rate which stands at 23.6 oer cent.
Lawrence Hall, spokesperson for Zoopla, comments: “New housing sales account for 1 in 10 property sales each year but this varies across the country. These new findings give us a useful overview of where new builds are most common around the country, outside of London. Clearly, areas such as Milton Keynes and Crewe are benefiting from new investment by developers.”