A study has revealed a Milton Keynes postcode is the seventh most desirable in England.
MK8, which covers areas including Two Mile Ash, Great Holm, Wymbush, Crownhill and Grange Farm ranked in the top ten in an analysic to mark the 40th anniversary of the allocation of postcodes to every address in Britain.
The research took into account employment opportunities, health levels, education and training opportunities, crime levels, homelessness, household overcrowding and ease of accessing local services, the quality of the physical environment and housing affordability – the relationship between average house prices and average annual earnings.
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, says he is pleased that Milton Keynes has received this recognition.
He said: “It doesn’t come as any surprise to me as I have long regarded Milton Keynes as a wonderful place to live and work.
“We have an exciting future ahead of us and I look forward to playing my part in our development for many years to come.”
Royal Mail commissioned the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) to conduct analysis to identify the most desirable postcodes in England, Scotland and Wales.
The research was conducted by reviewing a number of data sources at the local level, including the 2011 Census, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Indices of Multiple Deprivation, several releases from the Office for National Statistics and lending data from the British Bankers Association and the Council for Mortgage Lenders.
Great Holm resident, Councillor Zoe Nolan, said: “I have lived in the MK8 postcode area for 22 years and have been privileged to represent much of the area as its councillor since May this year.
“The Royal Mail report took into account a whole host of measures that make MK8 stand out, from health and education to employment and crime rates.
“I love living here and it is wonderful to have it recognised as such a desirable part of England.”
Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, said: “Royal Mail commissioned the study to reveal the most desirable postcode sectors to live to mark the 40th anniversary of the allocation of postcodes to every address in Britain. “The invention of the postcode revolutionised the way post is sorted and delivered.
“As it has evolved, the postcodes have also revolutionised the way companies do business.
“The postcode is now used by businesses and individuals in their everyday activities, whether that is verifying a person’s address when making a transaction or planning a route on a SatNav system.”