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Stockport named the best place to live in the north west

Stockport has been named the best place to live in the north west, according to The Sunday Times’ annual Best Places to Live guide.

The Sunday Times judges have crowned Stockport one of the most exciting towns around ahead of its industrial developments, including the town’s new interchange project to improve the transport to and from the borough.

The town secured a £50,000 investment from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) after being crowned Greater Manchester’s ‘Town of Culture’ which is to go towards the town’s developments.

Helen Davies, editorial projects director and Best Places to Live editor, said: “What makes our guide unique is that we actually visit all the places we choose and talk to locals to find out what life is really like there,”

“That means we can see what people really love about the places they live.

“Different people may be looking for different things, but what all our best places have in common is that people love living in them and are proud to call them home.”

What stood out in Stockport was the town’s historical infrastructure and its irresistible independent business scene around Market Hall and Underbank.

Six other locations in the northwest are featured in the comprehensive guide, which is sponsored by the mortgage lender Halifax.

The runners up include: Christleton in Cheshire, Kendal in Cumbria, Knutsford in Cheshire, Prestwich in Greater Manchester, Ribble Valley in Lancashire, and Sefton Park in Liverpool.

Previous winners of the competition include Stroud, Gloucestershire (2021), Ilkley, West Yorkshire (2022) and Wadhurst, East Sussex (2023).

Featured image credit: Poppy Dippnall

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