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Two Leeds suburbs named ‘best places to live’ in UK

View from the top of Otley Chevin.

View from the top of Otley Chevin.

TWO Leeds suburbs have been named among the best places to live in Britain.

Chapel Allerton and Otley both made the Sunday Times list, alongside nine other Yorkshire towns and villages.

The list of 101 areas uses data such as crime rates, house prices and school performance.

Places were also selected based on which areas offered the best quality of life to the widest number of people, plus desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Cathy Davies has lived in Otley for 24 years and has been chairperson of the Otley Festival for the past five years.

She said: “Otley has still got the community spirit of a small town, even though it’s growing at the rate of knots.

“It has got such a good atmosphere –it’s cute and quaint.

“We have also got fabulous scenery around us. When you drive into Otley, you’ve got the fantastic background of the Chevin.

“It’s awe-inspiring.”

She added: “Living near the river and in a small community really appealed to me, and that’s why I moved here.

“There is still a real fondness that people living here have for Otley.

“In days gone it also used to be known as the place with the highest amount of public houses in relation to the number of people.”

Monika Liberska is the venue manager at Seven Arts on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton.

Speaking about why she thinks it is a good area to live, Monika, who has been a local resident for eight years, said: “It is a close community and we all look after each other.”

She added: “There’s always lots of different things going on and we are lucky with the cinema, theatre and music events we have here.”

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