HOUSE prices in parts of Kirklees have gone up over the past 12 months, despite fears of a slump.

A survey by Britain’s biggest lender, the Halifax bank, showed that the average house price UK-wide rose by just 1.1% during the 12 months to the end of March.

Bingley, near Bradford, led the national price surge with the average price of a property in the town soaring 18% on a year ago to stand at £192,459 against £162,464 before.

The average price in Brighouse rose by 3% to £168,964 from £164,026 while the figure for Batley rose by 4% to £134,901 from £129,793.

The average price in Cleckheaton was 7% higher at £178,468 from £167,237.

Huddersfield was not covered in the survey because the sample was not considered large enough.

Goole and Selby were the only two towns in the survey to record a small decline in prices.

The average price of a property in Yorkshire stood at £145,965 – just 0.1% up on a year ago.

Several of the 23 towns and cities surveyed across the region reported double-digit growth.

The survey comes as estate agents report a slowdown prompted by the higher cost of borrowing and growing uncertainty over the economy.

Guy Ogden, regional manager for Halifax estate agencies, stressed: “The fall in prices in the last quarter needs to be seen in the context of the strong rise in house prices over the longer term.

“Over the past decade, house prices in Yorkshire and the Humber have risen by more than one-and-half times.”

Mr Ogden said: “Property prices in Yorkshire and the Humber mirrored the fortunes of the wider UK market.

“The region remains one of the most affordable regions of the UK.”