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Cheshire West is country’s sixth most popular place to move to

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Cheshire West is one of the most popular choices in the country when people are deciding on where to set up a new life.

Internal migration figures for 2017 released by the Office of National Statistics reveal that 16,610 people have moved to the borough while 14,281 people have moved away.

This is a net increase of 2,329 people deciding to set up a new home in west Cheshire last year, which follows a net increase of 1,330 people moving here in 2016.

Overall, the borough is the sixth most popular place to migrate to in the country.

Cornwall ranks as the number one choice for internal relocation, with a net increase of 7,092 people moving there last year.

Cllr Brian Clarke, CWAC cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “The fact that more people are choosing to move to Cheshire West to set up new lives is great news for our community.”

Cllr Clarke added: “The council is working to put west Cheshire on the map as a fantastic place to live, work and do business.

“Our region has so much to offer residents and it is clear from these statistics that our efforts to make it an attractive option are influencing people’s decisions.”

The council says there are a number of reasons why people are choosing to move into the area, including high living standards and good transport links.

The range of housing the borough has to offer also provides a significant draw for new residents.

There are aspirational market homes in picturesque and historic locations and good quality properties to buy or rent, available across four urban centres.

The number of new homes available in Cheshire West is increasing rapidly.

Last year, over 2,500 new homes were completed – more than double the Local Plan target of 1,100 and the fourth consecutive year in which targets have been exceeded.

The trend of house building is expected to continue, with over 7,750 new residential planning permissions due to complete in the next five years.

Cheshire West and Chester Council also has its own housing delivery programme to provide a total of 1,700 new homes across the borough by 2022, with 400 already completed.

There are also more affordable houses being built, with 623 new properties completed in 2017-18. 

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