House prices increased by 0.5% – more than the average for the South West – in the Forest of Dean in September, new figures show.

The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 17.7% over the last year.

The average the Forest of Dean house price in September was £315,529, Land Registry figures show – a 0.5% increase on August.

Over the month, the picture was similar to that across the South West, where prices increased 0.3%, and the Forest of Dean was above the UK as a whole, where prices did not change.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in the Forest of Dean rose by £47,000 – putting the area eighth among the South West’s 29 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in South Hams, where property prices increased on average by 23.5%, to £430,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in South Somerset gained 11.9% in value, giving an average price of £292,000.

An imbalance between supply and demand for properties saw house prices climb across the UK throughout the pandemic.

But typical property values stalled across the UK between August and September, which caused annual growth to slow.

Andy Sommerville, director at property data provider Search Acumen said the latest data is further evidence of "a turning tide for house prices".

The figures are yet to reflect the full impact of the mini-budget, announced towards the end of September, which sparked volatitility in the mortgage market and saw interest rates on new agreements soar.

Nicky Stevenson, managing director at estate agent group Fine and Country said: “Annual house price growth slowed in September against a backdrop of rising interest rates and shrinking disposable incomes."

“All eyes will now turn to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement, which is expected to include both tax rises and spending cuts," he added.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in the Forest of Dean spent an average of £249,000 on their property – £37,000 more than a year ago, and £77,000 more than in September 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £351,000 on average in September – 40.9% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in the Forest of Dean in September – they increased 0.7%, to £420,252 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 18.5%.

Among other types of property:


How do property prices in the Forest of Dean compare?

Buyers paid 6.3% less than the average price in the South West (£337,000) in September for a property in the Forest of Dean. Across the South West, property prices are lower than those across the UK, where the average cost £295,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £514,000 on average, and 1.6 times as much as more than in the Forest of Dean. Cotswold properties cost 2.3 times as much as homes in Plymouth (£226,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.


Average property price in September

  • The Forest of Dean: £315,529
  • The South West:£336,583
  • UK: £294,559

Annual growth to September

  • The Forest of Dean: +17.7%
  • The South West: +11.9%
  • UK: +9.5%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West

  • South Hams: +23.5%
  • South Somerset: +11.9%