Hart District

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Hart District
Non-metropolitan district
Hart shown within Hampshire
Hart shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Fleet
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Hart District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC))
 • MPs Ranil Jayawardena
Gerald Howarth
 • Total 83.1 sq mi (215.3 km2)
Area rank 161st (of 326)
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 94,300
 • Rank 256th (of 326)
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.7% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 24UG (ONS)
E07000089 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU8047254050
Website www.hart.gov.uk

Hart is a local government district in Hampshire, England, named after the River Hart. Its council is based in Fleet. It was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the urban district of Fleet, and the Hartley Wintney Rural District. It was named the best place to live in the UK in the 2017 Halifax quality of life study.[1]

Hart District is one of the richest and least deprived areas in the whole of the United Kingdom. In the Indices of Deprivation 2015, Hart was ranked at 326 out of 326 local authorities in England, where 1 was the most deprived area and 326 the least deprived, meaning Hart is the least deprived area in England.[2]

For five years running (2011-2015), an annual study conducted by the Halifax bank named Hart as the UK's most desirable place to live for quality of life. The study took into account jobs, housing, health, crime, weather, traffic and broadband access. It found that in 2014 97% of people in the local authority area were in good health, and in 2011 tended to have incomes 40% above the national average.[3][4]


In mid-2003 Hart had an estimated 85,700 residents. This compares with the 2001 Census figure of 83,505 residents. The 2001 Census also reported that there were 32,470 households, with 77% of residents describing their health as 'good'. In the twenty years between 1982 and 2002 the population of Hart grew by 19 per cent, compared with an increase of 11 per cent for the South East region as a whole.


Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 35 seats on the council being elected at each election. From the 2000 election to 2005 the Conservative party had a majority on the council. Until 2010 it was under no overall control. Between 2010 and 2012 the Conservatives again had control of the council, losing power again in the 2012 elections.

Following the 2014 election and subsequent moves 'across the floor', the make-up of the Council is as follows:

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 14
Community Campaign (Hart) 10
Liberal Democrats 8
Independent 1

Parishes and town councils


  1. ^ "Hart in Hampshire 'best place to live in UK'". BBC News. 16 Dec 2017. 
  2. ^ "English indices of deprivation 2015: File 10 local authority district summaries". Department for Communities and Local Government. 30 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hart in Hampshire named as UK's most desirable place". BBC News. 24 Dec 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hart in Hampshire remains UK's most desirable place". BBC News. 20 Dec 2014. 

External links

  • Hart District Council
  • Statistics on Hart District Council from the UK Government

Coordinates: 51°16′46″N 0°50′46″W / 51.2794°N 0.8461°W / 51.2794; -0.8461

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