Three Essex locations have been named among the best areas to live in the East of Britain, by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.
Chelmsford took the top spot for the best place to live in the East, beating off competition from places like Chesterton in Cambridge and Norwich in Norfolk.
Saffron Walden and Wivenhoe also ranked in The Sunday Times guide in the top 12, at ninth and tenth respectively.
The guide will be officially published on Sunday, March 18th.
To make the big decision, the supplement assesses a wide range of factors, including jobs, schools, broadband speed, culture, community spirit and local shops. They also use robust statistics and the knowledge of The Sunday Time’s expert panel.
Chelmsford has several excellent state schools, from outstanding primary schools such as Beehive Lane Community and secondary schools such as Sandon School and The Boswells School. The City is also home to impressive grammar schools such as King Edward VI and Chelmsford County High School for Girls, which are ranked 15th and 24th in The Sunday Times Parent Power guide.
Chelmsford was granted city status in 2012 and a vast development has since followed. The railway station underwent an extensive refurbishment project and Anglia Ruskin’s centre campus is being redeveloped – with the creation of 645 homes and an addition of new shops and offices.
The City has also seen the Bond Street redevelopment, with John Lewis, an Everyman cinema and retail outlets including North Face, White Company and Jack Wills, plus the new Clock Tower retail park on the former Britvic factory site.
Chelmsford is also hoping to put a bid in for UK City of Culture 2025.
Essex had three towns listed in the top 10 best commute towns for London this year, so it’s no surprise that the city features so highly in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live.