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The simplest sign an area is growing in popularity is when house prices start to increase - which can help identify the most sought-after towns in the North East.
According to the latest figures from Rightmove, a number of towns and villages across the region have seen significant swings in average property prices in recent years.
The new data shows the average value of homes in each area in July 2017 compared with the same month in 2020.
In the past three years, average house prices have soared in certain areas by as much as almost 25%.
The locations people are most desperate to move to in the North East are quieter locations to settle down and raise a family, particularly in Northumberland.
Here are the top nine areas of the region which have seen the biggest house price percentage increases since July 2017. Check out properties for sale on InYourArea.
Live music at the Market Tavern in Bedlington every Tuesday evening from 8pm
* Guest hosts each week
* Pie pea and a pint supper only £5 - Pies supplied from D.J Lynn & Son Buchers
* Vinyl swap shop - bring along your records and swap and sell with others
* Guitar accessories on sale from Fretmarks music (was Dennis Todds music)
do any of you possibly have any information or photos about the Nurses House (Nurses Cottage) in Choppington please. I am trying to research its history and am having very little luck. I know that the Kennedys lived here from 1965 and before that was a lady by the name of Isabella Charlton, any help would be greatly received.
I am asking for support from local Northumberland residents, particularly in Bedlington.
There is a planning application in the process of being approved to demolish a part of Bedlington's history, although it is only a small part of the history, there isn't a great deal left in Bedlington now.
The building was former Smithy/Stable in the 1960's however the building itself was constructed before that time.
As you can see from the pictures, the building isn't in the best shape by any means, but it is hardly at risk of collapsing.
I have summited an Application to English Heritage to get the building listed, however it was rejected within two days, which we believe is a direct result of other parties and local authorises interfering with the process in order to hurry the planning application through. I have appealed today against the decision, so fingers crossed we do get a more positive result.
There have also been sightings of Red Squirrels, Bats, Owls and Foxes seen on the site however these seem to be being disregarded. (Photo of fox on land)
Please make an objection/comment on the Northumberland County Council planning system and help us protect this heritage before it is too late: