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Thurrock records highest UK house price rise this decade

Thurrock in Essex has seen the largest increase in house prices this decade outside London, analysis of Land Registry data by modular housing developer Project Etopia shows.

Prices have increased by 78.2% in the past decade from £156,741 to £276,164, compared to an average rise of 38.8% across the UK, excluding London.

Joseph Daniels, chief executive of Project Etopia, said: “The staggering extremes of some of these house price increases this decade, topping 76% in 10 years, means owning a home remains an unachievable dream for many.

“In Three Rivers, for instance, buyers would now need mortgages of close to half a million pounds to buy an average home, leaving many properties out of reach for average earners.

“Healthy appreciation will be welcomed by many homeowners but for the wider country this is a totally unsustainable situation.

“The UK must accelerate house building to increase supply over the next decade and temper Britain’s affordability problems.

“Only Modern Methods of Construction can deliver new homes fast enough to meet the demand and ensure ordinary hard-working people can afford to buy property right across the UK.”

House prices fell in just three parts of the country in the last 10 years — Blackpool (-7.8%), Redcar and Cleveland (-1.0%) and Hartlepool (-0.4%).