The Golden Triangle is a commonly used term for the largely affluent suburban areas in West and North Yorkshire in between North Leeds, Harrogate and York. The areas of the Golden triangle are all part of the Leeds City Region. Lying in the centre of this area is Wetherby on the fringes of West Yorkshire. Despite usually being referred to as an affluent area the area consists of some deprived areas and many council estates such as Swarcliffe, Cranmer Bank and Hallfields.
The exact boundaries are disputed, in particularly around North Leeds, however the Outer Ring Road is often quoted as the boundary so that the area includes Whinmoor, Swarcliffe, Cross Gates and Garforth but not Seacroft, this definition is supported by Leeds City Council. Affluent areas such as Roundhay and Gledhow lie within the confindes of the ring road, but are usually included in the area.
With the exception of certain small pockets of the area, house prices have traditionally been high in the area, the price hikes in the area often being attributed to the economic growth in the commercial centre of Leeds. As a result there has often been great demand to build housing in this area. In 2006, Leeds City Council, York City Council and Harrogate Borough Council established a programme aiming to help people afford property in the area. While house prices grew in the area during the prosperous years of economic boom, they fell in line with the rest of the country during the recession of 2008 and 2009.