Which areas are the home improvement hotspots?

Alex Johnson

7602cd452743761ebfac30d495f71a735023615b 300x197 Which areas are the home improvement hotspots?Research from Barbour ABI revealed today at property and construction industry show Ecobuild in London reveals that Westminster heads the list of local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales for home improvements.

It received the highest proportion of planning applications in 2012, with more than seven applications made to improve homes in Westminster for every 100 private homes, or four and a half times the average for Great Britain.

Westminster is followed by Tunbridge Wells in second place with more than six applications for every 100 private homes in the borough, then South Bucks, Uttlesford and St Albans.

Areas in the south of England dominate the top 25 places – London saw a rise of nearly 9%, while applications in the North East fell by 6%.

“Central or local government initiatives can also make a difference to the number of applications submitted for home improvements,” said a spokesman for Barbour aBI. “For instance, Blaenau Gwent, one of the poorest districts in Wales, saw applications for home improvements leap in 2012 to place it second in the table of home improvement districts in Wales. In previous years it had been ranked towards the bottom. Much of this increase appears to be because of energy saving initiatives leading to an increase in such improvements as external wall insulation. This may be a positive signal for the Government’s recently introduced Green Deal.”

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