House prices increased slightly, by 0.3%, in the Forest of Dean in November, new figures show.

But the rise does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area suffer a 2.9% annual decline.

The average the Forest of Dean house price in November was £306,046, Land Registry figures show – a 0.3% increase on October.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices decreased 2.7%, and the Forest of Dean was above the 0.8% drop for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in the Forest of Dean fell by £9,200 – putting the area 16th among the South West’s 26 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Bath and North East Somerset, where property prices increased on average by 4.6%, to £461,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Torridge lost 6.7% of their value, giving an average price of £302,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in the Forest of Dean spent an average of £241,700 on their property – £6,900 less than a year ago, but £51,600 more than in November 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £339,700 on average in November – 40.5% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of flats saw the biggest rise in property prices in the Forest of Dean in November – they increased 0.7%, to £126,326 on average. Over the last year, prices dropped by 5.6%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 0.4% monthly; down 2.7% annually; £407,942 average
  • Semi-detached: up 0.1% monthly; down 2.9% annually; £262,346 average
  • Terraced: up 0.2% monthly; down 3.1% annually; £214,047 average

How do property prices in the Forest of Dean compare?

Buyers paid 4.1% less than the average price in the South West (£319,000) in November for a property in the Forest of Dean. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost is £285,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £509,000 on average, and 1.7 times the price as in the Forest of Dean. Cotswold properties cost 2.4 times the price as homes in Plymouth (£213,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

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


Average property price in November

  • The Forest of Dean: £306,046
  • The South West: £319,221
  • UK: £284,950

Annual change to November

  • The Forest of Dean: -2.9%
  • The South West: -4.1%
  • UK: -2.1%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West

  • Bath and North East Somerset: +4.6%
  • Torridge: -6.7%