Wednesday, 12 April 2017

East Devon makes it to the top 50 best places to live

On the one hand, there is the argument that East Devon is already pretty nice, so why change it?
Futures Forum: East Devon is already a great place to live in and to visit - so why do we need to 'make' it such a place?

The District Council aims to have East Devon as 'an outstanding place':
Keeping East Devon an outstanding place results and feedback - East Devon
16 December 2016 - Council leader says East Devon is rising to meet the challenge of modern ways of working - East Devon

The trouble is that East Devon, coming at number 37, does not particularly 'stand out' - at least when compared to other similar places.

And a vast new industrial estate on AONB or a new HQ in an old industrial estate are hardly going to make the District 'an outstanding place to live':

Sunday, 02 April 2017 19:32

Revealed: Best rural places to live

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Revealed: Best rural places to live
Britain's best rural places to live in 2017 have been revealed in the latest annual quality of life survey.
The Orkney Islands are rated as the rural district of the UK with the highest quality of life.
Wychavon in Worcestershire takes second place and the Derbyshire Dales in the East Midlands take the third spot.
The annual Halifax survey considers a number of measures.
Each district is ranked according to a range of factors including education, crime rates, pollution levels and employment.
Some methodological changes have resulted in some significant changes in the Quality of Life Survey rankings compared to 2016.
RankLocal authority District (LAD)Region
1Orkney IslandsScotland
2WychavonWest Midlands
3Derbyshire DalesEast Midlands
4HambletonYorkshire & the Humber
5PurbeckSouth West
6South CambridgeshireEast of England
7ChilternSouth East
8West OxfordshireSouth East
9South HamsSouth West
10South OxfordshireSouth East
11Tonbridge & MallingSouth East
12West DorsetSouth West
13South NorthamptonshireEast Midlands
14WaverleySouth East
15Shetland IslandsScotland
16EdenNorth West
17Malvern HillsWest Midlands
18Mid DevonSouth West
19RutlandEast Midlands
20RyedaleYorkshire & the Humber
21RichmondshireYorkshire & the Humber
22UttlesfordEast of England
23MaldonEast of England
25BaberghEast of England
26Vale of White HorseSouth West
27RushcliffeEast Midlands
28Mid SussexSouth East
29WiltshireSouth West
30HarboroughEast Midlands
31East HertfordshireEast of Endland
32West BerkshireSouth East
33Aylesbury ValeSouth East
34North KestevenEast Midlands
35SelbyYorkshire & the Humber
36Suffolk CoastalEast of England
37East DevonSouth West
38Newark & SherwoodEast Midlands
39CravenYorkshire & the Humber
40TandridgeSouth East
41Hinckley & BosworthEast Midlands
42New ForestSouth East
43CotswoldSouth West
44South LakelandNorth West
45BroadlandEast of England
47Isles of ScillySouth West
48SedgemoorSouth West
49South NorfolkEast of England
50Western IslesScotland
Source: Halifax
Orkney's position as number one – having moved up from last year's 46th place – is just one of them.
The changes include adjustments to the ONS Personal Well-Being Survey – a component of the Index.
The index also includes two new categories – the number of pubs and the availability of health clubs and leisure centres.
Quality of life
Halifax economist Martin Ellis said: "The Orkneys offer a quality of life unmatched elsewhere in rural Britain."
"While the employment rate is significantly higher than the national average, there is more and more emphasis being placed on achieving a good work-life balance."
Wychavon ranked well with a high average life expectancies of 81.2 years (male) and 84.5 years (female).
It also scored well with 92% of all houses having superfast broadband, low CO2 emissions and a 79% employment rate.
Those in full-time employment typically enjoy high weekly average earnings at £609.
Adults in Wychavon also have a high level of life satisfaction.
The Derbyshire Dales scored well well on personal well-being, with long male and female life expectancies.
The top 50 rural places to live include eleven districts in south-east, nine in the south-west and eight each in East Anglia and the East Midlands.
Mr Ellis said: "Rural areas in the south tend to receive higher ratings for weekly earnings, the weather, health, and life expectancy."
Meanwhile, top ranked rural areas in the north score well on education in terms of grades and smaller class sizes.
They also score well on lower house prices in relation to earnings, and both lower traffic flows and population densities

Revealed: Best rural places to live

And from last year:
Britain's 50 best rural areas to live

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