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was named 2014 Lo­cal Au­thor­ity Plan­ning Team of the Year. Home own­ers in the area can sleep easy, know­ing they are in safe hands. This met­ro­pol­i­tan bor­ough in the West Mid­lands is per­fect for any­one look­ing to find their first home (three-bed­room semi-de­tached prop­er­ties in West Bromwich sell for around £135,000). On the mar­ket: four-bed­room fam­ily home in Sal­ters Lane, West Bromwich: £349,995 with Con­nells (con­nells.co.uk). Wales gen­er­ally le­vies lower coun­cil taxes than Eng­land, and in New­port the av­er­age Band D charge is just £671. There is a de­bate in the Principali­ty about whether ef­fi­ciency sav­ings could be made by merg­ing coun­cils, but New­port con­tin­ues to try to serve its res­i­dents well in strait­ened eco­nomic times. Great value for money, with ter­raced houses avail­able for less than £120,000 and de­tached homes around £170,000. On the mar­ket: charm­ing three­bed­room cot­tage with panoramic views of the Usk Val­ley (pic­tured be­low): £499,000 with Sav­ills (sav­ills.com).

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