New homes in the best-performing cities in the UK

Posted 11 November 2015 by Keith Osborne

PwC's annual report on the success of Britain's cities reveals a host of thriving new homes markets for buy-to-let investors to consider...

Homebuyers – investors in particular – weigh up a number of factors when deciding where to buy a home. Global professional services company PwC has undertaken its annual Good Growth for Cities Index, looking in detail at how Britain’s cities and conurbations fare in areas such as employment, health, wellbeing, housing affordability and income.

These places are bound to attract the interest of property investors and each offers an array of new homes for sale to suit different tastes and budgets. Here, we look at the top ten in the survey, some of which may surprise you, as will the absence of some other places.

The top five haven’t changed since last year’s Index, but the order in which they appear has. The report says: “These high-income, highy skilled cities not only maintained their positions but appear to have created some clear water from the other cities in our index. Despite the slight ordering change, this continuity suggests structural, long-term success factors for these cities.”

These have been some noteworthy changes outside the top ten, too. “A few cities have also improved significantly, notably Newcastle & Durham and Bradford as well as Cardiff”, says the report, “driven by large employment gains and supported by other components such as improvements to transport and health.”

Here’s the top ten in ascending order, with our pick of new homes for sale in each.

10. Coventry

Barratt Homes, City Wharf

From £121,995

024 7746 7766

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City Wharf

9. Leicester

Redrow Homes, Hamilton Park

From £272,950

0116 404 3464

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Hamilton Park

8. Belfast

McGinnis Group, Bracken Hill

From £175,000

028 9066 8888

Brsacken Hill

7. Bristol

Barratt Homes, Lyde Green

From £264,995

01454 536111

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Lyde Green

6. Southampton

Lovell, Mansfield Park

From £153,500 

02380 082636

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Mansfield Park

5. Aberdeen

CALA Homes, Parklands

From £278,000

01224 432655


4. Cambridge

Weston Homes, Grand Central

From £340,000

01223 964267

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Grand Central

3. Edinburgh

AMA Homes, Shandon Garden

From £172,000

0131 584 3074

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Shandon Garden

2. Oxford

HAB, The Acre

From £1.425m

01865 584071

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The Acre

1. Reading & Bracknell

Berkeley Homes, Kennet Island


0118 9313 550

Kennet Island


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