ILKLEY and Bingley have been named among the country’s top house price hotspots for commuters.

Ilkley has been ranked seventh in the list, with an average house price of £404,994, which amounts to an 8.52 per cent rise in house prices over the last 12 months.

Meanwhile, Bingley is in tenth place, with an average house price of £231,536 – a 7.91 per cent rise in house prices over the last year.

Property website Zoopla made the findings after analysing towns within an hour's commute of 10 cities.

Areas clustered around London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool and Nottingham were looked at for annual house price growth.

Although Bingley and Ilkley are featured due to their proximity to Leeds, politicians were keen to emphasise their links with Bradford too.

Keighley MP John Grogan said Ilkley’s seventh place showed the town had continued to appeal to people already on the property market. He said: “There are two sides to the coin; it is good news for anyone lucky enough to own a house in Ilkley, but possibly not for people trying to get onto the property market there.

“Ilkley has excellent railway connections into Leeds and Bradford.

“This survey does reflect the quality of life in Ilkley, as clearly it is seen as one of the most desirable places to live in West Yorkshire.”

The finding’s have also been seen as a boost for Bingley, which is viewed as a town on the up.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said: “Bingley is very much on the up. It is going to continue to grow.

“We all want to see the whole economy doing well across the whole of the Bradford district.”

Jamie Illingworth, Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce president, said: “This is great news for Bingley.

“Bingley is undergoing a regeneration. Once the Lidl opens up, this will be the final piece of the jigsaw in the town.

“Bingley is a great place to live. It’s 15 minutes on the train from Bradford. It’s a really short comute into the city.

“Bradford is also undergoing a regeneration and people want to live in Bingley. It has that knock-on effect.”

Plans for a Lidl supermarket on the former Bradford & Bingley site, in Bingley town centre, have been submitted to Bradford Council after the chain bought the land from rivals Sainsbury’s last year.

The plans include a total of 116 parking spaces, consisting of 101 standard bays, seven disabled spaces and eight parent and toddler bays. A substation on the two-acre site will be retained as part of the proposal, which includes pedestrian access from Thrift Way. Lidl has also submitted an application to the Council to sell alcohol between 7am and 11pm every day.

The Zoopla survey found Swanley in Kent, which is closest to London, has the highest increase across the country, with an average house price of £375,066, for a 10.78 per cent rise. This is followed by Dursley in Gloucestershire, near Bristol.