Basingstoke and Deane

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Basingstoke and Deane
Borough of Basingstoke and Deane
Borough and Non-metropolitan district
Basingstoke and Deane shown within Hampshire
Basingstoke and Deane shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Basingstoke
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Maria Miller
Kit Malthouse
 • Total 244.7 sq mi (633.8 km2)
Area rank 66th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 172,870
 • Rank 106th (of 326)
 • Density 710/sq mi (270/km2)
 • Ethnicity 94.7% White
2.1% South Asian
1.0% Black
1.3% Mixed
1.0% Chinese or other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 24UB (ONS)
E07000084 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU620511

Basingstoke and Deane is a local government district and borough in Hampshire, England. Its primary settlement is Basingstoke. Other settlements include Bramley, Tadley, Kingsclere, Overton, Oakley, Whitchurch and the hamlet of Deane, some 7 miles (11 km) from Basingstoke.

It is the northernmost borough of Hampshire, bordered by Berkshire to the north.

The first Basingstoke Mayor, George Baynard, was appointed in 1641. The district was formed as the District of Basingstoke on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Basingstoke, Basingstoke Rural District and Kingsclere and Whitchurch Rural District. On 20 January 1978, following the grant of borough status, the district became the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane. The council claims that the new title included the names of the largest town and smallest village in the borough, although there are eight civil parishes with populations smaller than Deane.[1]

Basingstoke and Deane has over 430 local neighbourhood watch schemes in the area.[2]


Elections to the borough council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 60 seats on the council being elected at each election. Since the first election in 1973, the council has either been controlled by the Conservative Party or under no overall control.[3] Most recently the Conservatives have formed the administration on the council since the 2006 election and had a majority since the 2008 election. Following the 2012 election and the subsequent defection of a Conservative Party councillor (to independent),[4] and one to UKIP the council is composed of the following councillors:-[3]

Party Councillors
  Conservative Party 30
  Labour Party 14
  Liberal Democrats 11
  Independent 4
  UKIP 1

Since 2004 the Borough has had a youth council named "Basingstoke and Deane Youth Council", although formerly known as "Youth of Basingstoke and Deane".[5]


As of 2009, Basingstoke and Deane consists of 29 wards:[6]


  1. "About Basingstoke and Deane". Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Basingstoke and Deane Neighbourhood Watch". 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. Basingstoke and Deane Youth Council
  6. "Borough Councillors". Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>