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Why Farsley has been declared one of the top ‘up and coming’ places to live

Farsley has been named as an “up-and-coming creative neighbourhood” in a top national guide.

The annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021 guide went live this morning (Friday). It selects villages, towns and cities based on schools, air quality, transport and broadband speeds as well as green spaces and high streets.

Judges also picked improving areas and locations with strong, self-supporting communities.

They highlighted Farsley as an ‘up and coming’ area, thanks to its creative offering.

In recent years Farsley has been boosted by the renaissance of the historic Sunnybank Mills complex, the work of the Farsley Community Initiative and Farsley Constitutional Club.

A new 600-capacity venue called The Old Woollen is set to open at Sunny Bank Mills post-lockdown.

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor, said:

“This guide has never been so important. The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings.

“With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.

“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience.

“It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages. Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.”

The news was well received in the village, with historic Sunny Bank Mills tweeting:

“And don’t we just know it!! Farsley is the place to be!”

Nearby Horsforth was hailed as a city suburb with a proper country feel’, with Chapel Allerton declared as the best place in Leeds and ne of the best in the north to live by the guide.

Last month ‘feelgood’ Pudsey was named as one of the best places to live in Britain when it was featured on Rightmove’s list of Britain’s top 10 property hotspots.


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