The Sunday Times declares Stockport as the top spot to reside in the North West

Last year, the consumer group Which? recognised Stockport as one of the top 12 places in the UK to live during retirement. The borough was also acknowledged as one of the country’s best places for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder by The Times newspaper. Additionally, the historic Underbanks area was named one of the 25 best places in the country to shop by The Telegraph.

Now, The Sunday Times has showered Stockport with praise by including the borough in its annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide. This recognition comes at an exciting time for Stockport as it gears up for 2024, set to be their biggest year yet with Stockport Council leading an ambitious £1bn development and regeneration programme to enhance the borough’s many great attributes.

Councillor Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council, expressed his delight at the Sunday Times naming Stockport as the best place to live in the North West, adding to the borough’s growing list of accolades and national recognition. He emphasised Stockport’s commitment to creating a place that everyone can be proud to call home.

The town centre has undergone a significant transformation with over £1bn of investment, making it one of the largest regeneration projects in the country. With the opening of a new transport Interchange and Viaduct Park, Stockport is set to offer a vibrant, thriving town centre that caters to various needs and interests.

The Sunday Times judges praised Stockport for its ongoing metamorphosis into an exciting town, highlighting the conversion of Weir Mill into a new neighbourhood and the development of the new Interchange project. They commended the town for its functional and family-friendly environment, excellent rail connections, green spaces, sports clubs, and a range of affordable housing options.

Helen Davies, editorial projects director and Best Places to Live editor at The Sunday Times, described the guide as a celebration of towns, cities, and villages that offer fantastic living experiences in 2024. She emphasised the importance of visiting each location and speaking to locals to truly understand what makes a place special and desirable to live in.

Stockport was named the overall winner in the North West, with six other locations in the region also featured in the guide. The comprehensive list includes 72 locations across the UK, showcasing the diverse range of great places to live in the country.

To learn more about all the exciting developments in Stockport and what the area has to offer, visit the websites of the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation, the Stockport Town of Culture, and the Stockport Council newsroom.

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