A SLOWING property market has seen the average prices in Wiltshire rise just one per cent from last year to £181,901.

This is the lowest price increase in the south west where the overall average price stands at £184,973, compared to a UK average of £162,850.

Prices in Warminster have fallen by seven per cent from £196,591 in 2004 to £181,967 this year.

Melksham also saw a fall of four per cent from £172,300 to £165,776.

In north Wiltshire, Chippenham has seen a fall of six per cent from £188,760 last year to £177,858 this year.

Despite a rise of two per cent, Westbury currently has the lowest house prices in west Wiltshire with an average of £165,279.

Trowbridge saw a rise of one per cent from £166,882 to £168,204.

In Calne, prices rose four per cent from £172,694 last year to £179,231.

Phil Delaney, a regional manager for Halifax, said: "House prices in the south west have flattened in the past year and growth is now slightly below the UK average. We expect this trend to continue over the rest of 2005."

Figures are taken from Halifax house price index.