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In brief

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.

Basingstoke and Deane has over 430 local neighbourhood watch schemes in the area

What to expect

Housing Delivery Test

No consequence within the 2021 Housing Delivery Test.

Up-To-Date Local Plan

On 26 May 2016, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council adopted the Local Plan 2011-2029. The adopted Local Plan forms part of the statutory development plan for the borough. It sets out the council’s vision and strategy for the area until 2029. And will provide the basis for decisions on planning applications.

In 2022 the LPA advised that the Local Plan was considered out of date under para 11d of the NPPF due to lack of housing land supply.

Customer Service

Customer service at Basingstoke and Deane is good with officers responsive at all levels.

Decision Making Behaviour

Decision making behaviour is also good and in line with established practice.

Article 4 Directions

The following Article 4 Directions are in force:

Conversion of commercial premises to residential uses
Planning permission is required to convert commercial buildings to flats in Basing View, Chineham Business Park and Hampshire International Business Park.

Conversion of dwelling houses to Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO)
Planning permission is required to convert a dwelling house to HMO in Basingstoke Town and Chineham and the surrounding villages of Old Basing, Oakley and Sherborne St John.

Development in some Conservation Areas

Basingstoke Town Centre Conservation Area
Brookvale Conservation Area
Fairfields Conservation Area
South View Conservation Area

The council has made a new Article 4 Direction to remove some permitted development rights in Basing View that allow the conversion of commercial premises to residential use. We have consulted on these proposals and are now considering whether to confirm the Order. View further information by visiting our Basing View Commercial to Residential Article 4 Direction page.

Nitrate Effected Areas

The Solent (via the Itchen Operational Catchment)

Last Decision’s

  • The Hare And Hounds Flaxfield Road Basingstoke RG21 8SF – Change of use from public house (Sui Generis) to 1 no. two bed house and 1 no. three bed house (both class C3), including demolition of rear store and external staircase

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