House prices increased by 1.5% – more than the average for the South West – in Dorset in October, new figures show.

The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 15.2% over the last year.

The average Dorset house price in October was £379,023, Land Registry figures show – a 1.5% increase on September.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices increased 0.5%, and Dorset was above the 0.3% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Dorset rose by £50,000 – putting the area 11th among the South West’s 29 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in South Hams, where property prices increased on average by 21.5%, to £453,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Cotswold gained 11.1% in value, giving an average price of £505,000.

Average UK house prices increased by 12.6% in the year to October, accelerating from 9.9% in September.

The increase in the annual percentage change was partly caused by a sharp fall in average house prices in October 2021, following changes to stamp duty.

The average UK house price was £296,400 in October, which was £33,000 higher than a year earlier.

Tom Bill, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, said: “Despite today’s figures, double-digit UK house price growth is now a thing of the past.

“Even as the reverberations of the mini-budget fade, a more adverse lending landscape is emerging after 13 years of ultra-low rates."

First steps on the property ladder First-time buyers in Dorset spent an average of £295,000 on their property – £39,000 more than a year ago, and £66,000 more than in October 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £426,000 on average in October – 44.4% more than first-time buyers.

Property types Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Dorset in October – they increased 1.7%, to £566,407 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 15.3%.

Among other types of property: Semi-detached: up 1.5% monthly; up 16.4% annually; £371,873 average Terraced: up 1.4% monthly; up 16.2% annually; £297,602 average Flats: up 1.2% monthly; up 11.9% annually; £199,467 average How do property prices in Dorset compare?

Buyers paid 11.7% more than the average price in the South West (£339,000) in October for a property in Dorset. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost £296,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £505,000 on average, and 1.3 times as much as more than in Dorset. Cotswold properties cost 2.2 times as much as homes in Plymouth (£230,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.

Factfile Average property price in October Dorset: £379,023 The South West: £339,206 UK: £296,422 Annual growth to October Dorset: +15.2% The South West: +14.9% UK: +12.6% Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West South Hams: +21.5% Cotswold: +11.1%