Welwyn village 'is tenth most expensive place to live in England'
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 July 2013
A VILLAGE in Welwyn Hatfield with "great character" is one of the most expensive places to live in England, a survey has revealed.
According to property firm Zoopla, Welwyn is the 10th priciest place to buy a home in the country – with average house prices at more than £680,000.
But the chairman of Welwyn Parish Council says it shows why young people cannot afford to live in the village.
Councillor John Blackburn believes the village secured such a high place on the list because of its great commuter links and shopping facilities – while still being very rural.
“It is a very pleasant place to live, and long may it be so,” said Mr Blackburn, who has lived in Welwyn for around 20 years.
“The only downside is our children cannot afford to live here.”
County councillor and current County Hall chairman Richard Smith said he understood why Welwyn is so costly.
He said: “I am surprised to see it so high in the list, but it is a very desirable place to live.
“It is very clear many people are looking to come into Welwyn.
“It has great character, which was evident with the recent Welwyn Festival.”
Top of the list, which was released last week, was Virginia Water in Surrey, where the average home costs more than £1m.
In close second came Cobham, which is in the same county, where homeowners could be spending more than £800,000.
Despite its high showing, Welwyn was not Hertfordshire’s top entry on the list, with Radlett just one spot above it.
Near neighbour Harpenden, where the average home will set buyers back a whopping £642,332, is 14th on the list.