New statistics show that more people are moving to the South West and Devon than anywhere else in the UK. Is it in anticipation of the county’s first IKEA store, or is there more to it than that? Recent statistics show that in the past five years the number of people leaving London annually has almost doubled to about 80,000, and together with high numbers moving from other parts of the UK has seen the South West region experience the highest inflow of people from across Britain ...
… with the county of Devon proving particularly popular.
The natural beauty of the region, the low crime rate, good schools and quality of life have always been reasons to live there, but what has changed recently to persuade these increasing numbers of people to head for the South West coast?
Louisa Hooper, Head of New Homes at Exeter estate agent Jackson-Stops & Staff has given her opinion:
“Buyers have traditionally been in pre-retirement or actually retired, but this is changing. We are seeing more families move to the region and this has been caused partly due to the availability of high speed broadband (since the end of 2012). It is always one of the first things buyers ask nowadays and now we have a super-fast service it has attracted many that work from home.
“Another reason families are attracted to the area is the schools – the state primary and secondary schools are very good. 85% of our schools are rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted compared to 78% nationally.
“The opening of the South Devon Link Road, bypassing Kingskerswell earlier this year has had a positive effect on travel times to and within the region, and has made the area even more desirable. It has been especially beneficial for local and national commuters.”
There are further major regeneration schemes and investment taking place in the area which are likely to draw further people to the area. By 2017 a new phase of government funding will extend the high speed broadband to tens of thousands more homes and businesses across Devon in predominantly rural areas. And IKEA has announced its first store in the county, to be opened at Christmas 2016. It is expected to deliver a multimillion-pound boost to the Exeter economy, creating 380 new jobs and attracting shoppers from across the South West.
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