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 373.

    Don't worry Hart won't be top of the list for much longer. Thanks to the truly execrable developments from builders like Millgate and Barratts the area is headed towards urban sprawl.

    Not that they care as they charge incredible prices for homes with minimal space and trade on the pleasant nature of the district.

    They'll keep their money and we'll live with their appalling legacy - Merry Xmas!

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    Comment number 371.

    For desirable read rich, well we can't all be rich and can't all live in the same place as the rich. I have been all over the UK and can think of lots of nice places to live, but as to practicality......well I wonder. Flooding, access, pretentious people!!

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    Comment number 370.

    It's telling isn't it that the research was by a building society? That's only one step away from the disingenuous estate agent who tells you that a living room backing onto a busy, problem supermarket car park, "benefits from access to community amenities." They might as well title the 'research', "League table of places we're going to make more money."

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    Comment number 369.

    Seems to be lots of envy out there. Where the report is really referring to is Hartley Wintney, in the heart of Hart. Outstanding community spirit, three pubs, two Indian Restaurants, thriving vilage butchers, independent wine dealer, good village schools, oldest cricket green in England, low crime rate, 45 minutes to London by train
    And yes - £350k for a two bed terraced cottage but hey ho.

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    Comment number 365.

    Anywhere not within 10 miles of a wind turbine.

    Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please register your objection on

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22958

    or google"wind petition norfolk" for a quick link.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 364.

    So, generally we agree the report is pants.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 363.

    Live in middle of Basingstoke- house built in 1906. Bit of a concrete mess in 70's and can't be anything but new town. But redeveloped in last 10 years, excellent communication links, fine sports facilities; one of best concert halls in country; decent shopping centre; equidistant to London and coast and to top it all the beautiful Hampshire countryside,( including hart-which is super) all around.

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    Comment number 362.

    This is one of those odd things about people. Many will stick up for their place of birth, or the local area to which they've moved but in the end, doesn't it come down whether you yourself are happy or not, not whether a poll tells you should be, based just on where you live?

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    Comment number 361.

    Mull,quiet,beautiful and lots of nature.

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    Comment number 360.

    I would be somewhat sceptical of anything rated triple "A" by any UK bank

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    Comment number 359.

    Maidstone is fine but Kent is a wonderful county to live in Proximity to beaches,links to London and Europe, castles and more quality restaurants and wonderful countryside. I love Canterbury and picturesque villages like Lenham (equidistant to both Maidstone and up and coming Ashford)with its variety of shops and medieval market square is a great place to live. Also grammar schools....!

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    Comment number 358.

    There's a lot of people here talking about "who care's about these surveys.. stop patting yourself on the back" etc. If you read the article you'll see it's not a survey - it's a study. It takes in *facts* about the general state of health of the boroughs and the income of the residents and the prices the houses sell for etc. It's not people being pompus - it's just stating a fact of statistics.

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    Comment number 357.

    Used to live there, moved West, don't miss a thing.

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    Comment number 356.

    I live in the countryside in Yorkshire and I would not want to live anywhere else. I can be in the centre of York within 25 minutes, the North York Moors in just over half an hour, our extensive coastline in 40 minutes. And best of all, the Yorkshire Wolds, where the people are friendly and life can be as quiet as you want it to be. Our hidden secret, and that's how we prefer it to be!

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    Comment number 355.

    Ah another meaningless statistic to keep the wannabe toffs happy.

    How many people did they survey this time? 5? 10? 20? A 1000?

    Doesn't matter how many they surveyed it's was no doubt a minority - such a shame we run our country based on the opinions of minorities.

    But hey while Rome burns, we'll keep on fiddling...

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    Comment number 354.

    Never mind England, the most desirable place to live in Scotland are the Shetland Islands? Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence about the rest of the country when the best place in it is in an isolated, wind-swept, and barren group of islands with an average yearly sunshine marginally superior to the Mariana Trench.

 

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