The best ways of involving surrounding communities in shaping the new development at Manydown are being considered as work starts on a master plan and planning application.
The northern part of Manydown, bordering the western side of Basingstoke, is proposed for around 3,400 new homes in the draft Local Plan up to 2029. This plan is due to be examined by a planning inspector at public sessions next month.
However, as the joint owners of a 999-year lease on the land, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council need to draw up detailed plans to be ready if the development is approved in the final Local Plan. The aim is to submit an outline planning application at the end of next year that has been shaped by the views of local people.
The overall vision is to create a new community of connected neighbourhoods developed in a well-planned and coordinated way – combining the best features from Hampshire villages and towns with a contemporary sustainable design. This original vision was developed working with Beyond Green, a nationally recognised consultancy that specialises in creating great places where people want to live, and a team of consultants, including Beyond Green, are now working out how to implement that vision.
Now this team is working with both the borough and county councils and an experienced public engagement company, Remarkable Group, to ensure that local community groups and residents get involved in drawing up the master plan. They will ensure residents are kept up to date on what is happening and provide a range of ways they can have their say.
The borough council’s Cabinet member leading on Manydown, Cllr John Izett, said: “ We have a great opportunity at Manydown, as well as a responsibility as public owners, to create a new community where people will want to live and which is well connected to and brings benefits to neighbouring communities and respects the local environment. It is central to our thinking and approach that local people will be involved in helping to shape Manydown. There needs to be a choice of housing with roads, schools, open spaces and other amenities in place.
Both councils are committed to Manydown for the long term and wish to ensure a successful new community grows up founded on well planned, energy efficient homes that are built to last and to be loved in the years ahead.”
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Roy Perry said: “We are pleased to be working with our partner landowners Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on the delivery of the proposed new community at Manydown which will provide much-needed housing and facilities. Although we are not the planning authority, Hampshire County Council is committed to supporting those district and borough councils who face the difficult task of planning new and sustainable housing. A huge amount of thought and planning is going into this scheme and I hope local people will take the opportunity to have their say when the moment comes.”
A highly skilled and experienced team of different specialist consultancies has been appointed by the two councils to work on the planning of Manydown as a complex development project.
Tibbalds Campbell Reith JV is working on The Manydown Plan bringing together the technical evidence and understanding of the site with the knowledge, input and feedback of local councillors and residents and the wider community. Following completion of the Manydown Plan, the team will also be responsible for a planning application for around 3,400 homes, including self-build houses, a new local centre, a new primary school site and other facilities, in the first part of the development. The company will also draw up plans for infrastructure such as key roads and drainage, as well as a detailed application for a new country park.
Pinsent Mason is giving expert planning and property legal advice. Aecom will present the development from the view of the landowner at the Local Plan public inquiry. GVA Grimley is working on how the development can be funded and delivered, with KPMG covering the tax aspects.