Basingstoke and Deane

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Coordinates: 51°15′22″N 1°06′40″W / 51.256°N 1.111°W / 51.256; -1.111

Basingstoke and Deane
Borough of Basingstoke and Deane
Welcome to Basingstoke and Dean Birthplace and home of Jane Austen.jpg
Basingstoke and Deane shown within Hampshire
Basingstoke and Deane shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBasingstoke
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBasingstoke and Dean Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsMaria Miller
Kit Malthouse
Ranil Jayawardena
 • Total244.7 sq mi (633.8 km2)
 • Rank66th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total176,582
 • Rank111th (of 309)
 • Density720/sq mi (280/km2)
 • Ethnicity
94.7% White
2.1% South Asian
1.0% Black
1.3% Mixed
1.0% Chinese or other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UB (ONS)
E07000084 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU620511

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 village 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 a Conservative Party councillor defected to independent,[4] and one to UKIP. -[3] In the 2021 Local Elections the Conservatives made four gains, and the current council is now composed of the following councillors:

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 33
Labour Party 10
Liberal Democrats 5
Independent 6

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.
  2. ^ "Basingstoke and Deane Neighbourhood Watch". 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  4. ^ "'I can better serve my residents as an independent'".
  5. ^ Basingstoke and Deane Youth Council
  6. ^ "Borough Councillors". Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. 2009. Archived from the original on 19 May 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009.