Staffordshire

Staffordshire is one of the most beautiful parts of England. From its rolling hills to its picturesque valleys, it’s a part of the country that many people dream about living in. The county is surrounded on all sides by the beautiful English countryside, while also being within easy reach of some major cities.

For prospective homebuyers who are looking for somewhere to settle down in Staffordshire, there are a number of factors they should consider before making the final decision about where to buy their new house. This article will discuss these different factors.

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Best places to live in Staffordshire

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Shugworth Hall in Staffordshire

Where is Staffordshire?

We’ll start with where Staffordshire is located. It borders Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, and Derby which means that there are plenty of opportunities for work locally.

Areas in Staffordshire

There are a variety of different areas that prospective homebuyers might want to consider living in Staffordshire.

These include Newcastle-under-Lyme, Cannock and Burton upon Trent which all have excellent transport links into London as well as being close enough to major cities such as Birmingham where there is plenty going on.

Newcastle-under-Lyme – This town is located in the north of Staffordshire and is home to a population of around 75,000. It’s known for its Georgian architecture as well as its castle which overlooks the town.

Cannock – Cannock is located in the southwest of Staffordshire and has a population of just over 60,000 residents. The area has excellent transport links into Birmingham and is just under an hour away from the city centre.

Rose Bridge in Staffordshire

Tamworth – Tamworth is located in the northeast of Staffordshire and is home to around 80,000 residents. The area is best known for its historic castle which dates back to the 11th Century.

Burton upon Trent – The town of Burton-upon-Trent is located near to Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire, England. This small but bustling market town was home to one of the world’s biggest breweries until 2005 when it was taken over by SABMiller. The town has a population of just over 70,000 and is known for its independent shops as well as its brewing heritage.

Stoke-on-Trent – Stoke-on-Trent is the largest city in Staffordshire, with a population of over 250,000. The city is known for its pottery industry and has been dubbed the ‘City of Ceramics’.

Universities in Staffordshire

Staffordshire is home to a few different universities including Keele University and Staffordshire University. Both are highly ranked and considered excellent choices for students.

Keele University – Located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Keele University is a public research university with around 15,000 students. Keele specialises in medical and scientific research and was ranked joint 33rd in the UK in medicine.

Staffordshire University – Located just outside Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire University is a public university with around 20,000 students. The institution offers a range of courses such as creative arts and design degrees at the foundation level to PhDs in engineering sciences at the post-grad level

Top Schools in Staffordshire

Staffordshire countryside

The area also has some top schools which can be important for families looking to move to the county. These include:

The Royal School – The Royal School is one of the top schools in Staffordshire. It teaches children from reception to year 13 and has a good record for high grades at GCSE level, with its pupils getting an average score of around six A*s per pupil.

Newcastle Under Lyme School – Newcastle Under Lyme School is another top school in Staffordshire. It educates children from reception to year 11 and has a reputation for being one of the best schools in the county for sport.

St Dominic’s High School – The third most highly rated secondary school in Staffordshire is St Dominic’s High School. Located in the town of Stone, this school is one of three Catholic high schools to be found in Staffordshire and educates children from reception through to year 13.

Population of Staffordshire

The population density is fairly low compared to other parts of the country – just 69 people per square kilometre. This means that the county is sparsely populated with just over one million inhabitants living in an area of around 777 km², giving Staffordshire a population density of 69 ppl/km².

The vast majority of residents live in urban areas; only five parishes are classed as rural. The largest urban area is Stoke-on-Trent, with a population of around 240,000 and about one million living in the surrounding conurbation that includes Newcastle under Lyme and Kidsgrove.

 

Reviews in Staffordshire

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4 Years Living at Galton Lock

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Review Date Aug 2022

The good aspects of our area is that it’s very quite, clean & residents are lovely. The bad aspect of things are that we have to travel a distance to get to a decent convenience store, there are loads of cars that are parked on residents drives for a long duration; this can make the road very congested & create issues between residents and other by passers. Bin collections are fairly good, they don’t come so early in the morning so if I wake up at 7am, I could still potentially catch them. No none ASB, residents are all respectful in turns of holding/hosting events and parties with them ending at a reasonable time. Traffic noise is always going to be present especially on match days. That is something that I can live with.

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The design of our property is okay. I would of preferred if the appliance that came with the property (I.e fridge/freezer) was upright as posed to side by side. The property being a new built one is already showing signs of defect (cracks, bubbles, paint stripping) which I didn’t expect to happen so soon. I could report this issue to our mantainence team for them to action but on previous occasions, I was not given any hope so I’m not sure if these issues would ever be taken seriously and resolved accordingly.

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I wish we had known about the local shops around the area as we’re having to travel quite a distance to get to one. That is my only main issue if I’m being honest.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Not the greatest. I had to apply the pressure several times and state my dissatisfaction on how I felt I was being treated. I was not happy with this at all.

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Overall design of the development is excellent

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Review Date Aug 2022

Penkridge is a lovely location with good access to M6 and great train services south to Wolverhampton and Birmingham and north to stafford, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and beyond. Traffic noise from the M6 fluctuates depending on the way the wind blows! We lack a big supermarket in Penkridge, need an Aldi or Tesco as there are only two small co-op stores, which are very expensive.

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Overall design of the development is excellent. Lots of open space, walks and fields right next door. Management team are still on site as still building and the ground maintenance seems to be going well, with the open spaces well looked after. No expense has been spared with the planting of trees and shrubs! Great views across to Cannock Chase as you drive off the development, giving a lovely rural feel.

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We have a utility area – we expected to have a washing machine and tumble dryer in there. However there is only space for a washing machine. Hoped to stack them in worst case, but the boiler is in the way, so the utility area is just a washing machine.

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Overall design, inside and out. South facing garden.

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Good layout, nice open plan kitchen and living room

Review Date Aug 2022

Local to work and city centre. Close to the motorway. Good parking, friendly neighbours, minimal noise.

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Good layout, nice open plan kitchen and living room. Good sized garden with patio doors. 2 x toilets, suitable for couples and small families. Good sized rooms and built in facilities. Quick responses from maintenance and good community input, great first house!

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Quality of garden. It wasn’t up to standards mentioned prior to moving in.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Good and quick responses who fix problems in a timely manner

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Thank you for your feedback Sarah – great to hear how much you enjoy your home with us.

Spacious space

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Review Date Aug 2022

The house is beautiful, I love the space. The lighting with the windows is great. However the location of the house is not so great our driveway is right outside our neighbours house. The noise from the roAd is off putting. Also
Wish we had more tile
Space in the garden in order to have a seating In the garden. Local corner
Shops are a walking distance however for a supermarket you have to drive but I think there’s local buses walking distance

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Design of the facilities is great, very spacious. However the driveway could have been designed differently to be closer to the house. The design of the house is beautiful, lounge could have been a bit bigger. So much great lighting that comes into the house.

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I wish I knew living by the road side was such a bad idea

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Well until I discovered the simple life app Maintenence was not great at responding

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Thank you for your review and feedback Star!