Hart in Hampshire named as UK's most desirable place

 
The Hampshire district of Hart The rural area includes the towns of Fleet and Yateley

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The Hampshire district of Hart has been named as the UK's most desirable place to live for quality of life.

The annual study by the Halifax bank took into account factors such as jobs, housing, health and crime as well as weather, traffic and broadband access.

The survey found that 95% of people in the local authority area of Hart were in good health and they tended to have incomes 40% above the national average.

No places in northern England, Scotland or Wales were in the top 50 locations.

Listed buildings

Wokingham, East Cambridgeshire, Brentwood, St Albans, Maidstone, South Cambridgeshire and Epsom and Ewell were all among the top 10 in the 2011 Quality of Life Survey.

Of the top 50 places, 27 were southern England and 15 were in eastern England.

The district of Hart is in north-east Hampshire and includes the towns of Fleet and Yateley.

The River Hart flows through the rural area which has 1,000 buildings listed as being of special architectural or historical interest and more than 30 conservation areas.

House prices

Halifax economist Martin Ellis said: "Residents of Hart benefit from a combination of above-average weekly earnings, a low crime rate and good health amongst other factors.

"On the other hand, average house prices in the area are amongst the highest relative to local earnings, highlighting that a high standard of living often comes at a price."

Hart replaces Elmbridge in Surrey, which has been named as the top location for the past three years.

The only places outside the south and east of England in the top 50 were Wychavon in Worcestershire, Rushcliffe in Nottingham, Rutland, and North Kesteven in Lincolnshire.

In Scotland, the most desirable place to live was named in a Bank of Scotland survey as the Shetland Islands, ousting Aberdeenshire from top spot.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 353.

    Who says the assets that are listed are those desired by the people who do not live there? If I won the lottery, the very last thing I would want is a bunch of 'nice' neighbours, broadband, or a grade two listed shed. How's the Salmon fishing in the river Hart? And where is the Labour Party Working Men's Club? One simply must have one's pint of mild ale don'tyaknow.

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    Comment number 352.

    I nearly choked on my lunch when I read that Yateley was amongst the most desirable places to live! It's a huge housing estate where everyone commutes somewhere else to work, rest and play! Yes, there is the common and nice woodland nearby but the town itself is awful (from someone who lived there for 12 years!).

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    Comment number 351.

    Tripe.

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    Comment number 350.

    this is interesting how we can all comment on this nonsense subject but not on the important issues. why is this i wonder ?

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    Comment number 349.

    I live in Hart and I absolutely love it.

    I think a lot of people are basing their experience of Hart on Fleet alone.

    I live in the area around Odiham, the southern part of Hart. There are wonderful villages around here like Long Sutton, Well, South Warnborough, Odiham and Dogmersfield.

    These villages are great, the people are nice and there's some fantastic pubs too.

    Visit these places!!!!

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    Comment number 348.

    "Tory shires are best places to live" says bank.

    That's a matter of opinion.

  • Comment number 347.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 346.

    Looks like a tip to me. To each their own, I guess.

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    Comment number 345.

    I've lived in Hart for 18 years. It's not spectacularly beautiful but it does have a gentle prettiness. After I'd been living here for a few months I realised a lot of my day-to-day stress had disappeared. The people we've met here and in neighbouring districts are delightful. Typically people are NOT rich, but neither are they poor. It is lovely having countryside you can walk across at will.

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    Comment number 344.

    Calm down everyone its only one poll. Its a study carried out by a building society...With the current reputation of the finance industries its got to be true....Right?

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    Comment number 343.

    "No places in northern England, Scotland or Wales were in the top 50 locations." What a complete and utter farce! I think they must mean: "..top 50 locations for people commuting into London."

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    Comment number 342.

    The kind of places named as "most desirable" are only so if you're the sort of person who desires to be surrounded by lots of spiritually empty people showing off consumer tat but living in virtual social seclusion. Many other people would consider that hell, and prefer places with more of a real community. In other words, this kind of 'survey' is simply biased towards the authors' own prejudices.

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    Comment number 341.

    I live in fleet and it is beautifull. Everyone else is jealous as we have amazing buildings, we are all loaded, have no crime and everyone is friendly.............who cares what everyone else thinks.......we won!

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    Comment number 340.

    I think some people are missing the point of this. It's the combination of factors that are being graded; average earnings, amenities, health as well as the quality of the surroundings. I happen to love the North York Moors and would enjoy living in splendid isolation in Danby or somewhere similar but I'm fully aware that this would mean a drop in earnings and being in reach of most amenities.

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    Comment number 339.

    So, the best place to live is where the people are wealthy - a list prepared by a bank. says it all doesn't it.
    I live in the Vale of Glamorgan - Fro Morgannwg in Welsh - it's exactly what it sounds like beautiful rolling countryside, a magnificent coastline & the lovely City of Cardiff just 30 minutes away.

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    Comment number 338.

    This sounds like Halifax is desperate to get new wealthy customers to mortgage their lives through them so that they could be used as cash cow!!

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    Comment number 337.

    The problem with this quality of life surveys, is that what might be one person's dream location could be another person's nightmare. What is good for a family with kids, is likely to be very to be different that what a young couple, single person are the elderly desire.

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    Comment number 336.

    Does anyone in the North really care about this drivel? Let the materialistic southerners pat themselves on the back about how great they are all doing in their pathetic little rat races - these surveys just ensure that they stay where they are as they think that the South is all that exists.... It helps keep the North free of these terrible big mouthed show-offs....

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    Comment number 335.

    I lived in Herts till I was 34 and have spent the last 30 years up north. I would never go back - the quality of life is so much higher here as far. Take ease of transport, lower costs of living, the beauty of and access to the countryside. And much friendlier people and communities. Whoever in Halifax set the criteria for best places to live doesn't seem to have much idea about quality of life.

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    Comment number 334.

    This survey has been sponsored by a bunch of Northern, Midland, Scots and Welsh interests, in order to keep bland and materialistic Cockneys and their suburban hangers-on out of our empty, pretty, unspoilt and peaceful lands. Can't say that bout Wokingbridge or wherever, can you?

 

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