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Revealed: Brighton and Bournemouth among new property hotspots

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Brighton, Cambridge and Bournemouth boast the most property activity outside of the capital, according to new research

Property information specialists Groundsure used data from mapping sales related to the planning process to identify local authorities with the greatest ‘density’ of activity per square kilometre.

London boroughs and Watford dominated the top 25 local authority hotspots, with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea seizing the top spot.

With the exception of Watford, the City of Brighton & Hove the highest-placed local authority area outside of London, ranked at 17. Bournemouth followed at number 22, while Cambridge ranked 25.

Groundsure managing director Dan Montagnani said that while the capital’s domination of the list was predictable, the ranking was good news for the south coast.

‘London was clearly going to have most developments underway, but we were surprised to find that, outside of London, Bournemouth is the second most active area for developments in the UK,’ he said.

‘Alongside Brighton, this shows a clear demand for property on the south coast.

‘With the current government target of increasing the supply of housing to 240,000 additional homes per year by 2016, it’s good to see that this already active sector is likely to experience further growth after the next election.’

Groundsure said its research broadly reflected official statistics of planning applications from the Office for National Statistic, but came ahead of official figures due in June.

Top 25 local authorities for development activity

  1. Kensington and Chelsea
  2. City of London
  3. City of Westminster 
  4. Islington
  5. Camden 
  6. Hackney 
  7. Hammersmith & Fulham
  8. Tower Hamlets
  9. Lambeth
  10. Wandsworth 
  11. Southwark 
  12. Haringey 
  13. Watford 
  14. Newham 
  15. Lewisham 
  16. Waltham Forest 
  17. The City of Brighton and Hove 
  18. Harrow 
  19. Ealing 
  20. Brent 
  21. Richmond upon Thames 
  22. Bournemouth 
  23. Redbridge 
  24. Merton 
  25. Cambridge 
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