School pupils have been giving their ideas on how Manydown should be developed to create a great place to live in the future.

Over three workshops, pupils aged from 10 to 14 from eight local Basingstoke schools worked with an organisation called SPUD (Space, Placemaking and Urban Design) as part of the community engagement to develop the masterplan for the northern part of Manydown.

The workshops were arranged by Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, who are joint owners of a 999-year lease on Manydown land and are working with an experienced team of specialists to draw up detailed plans for the development.

The children thought about what they like and don’t like about different places and their priorities for creating great homes, streets, neighbourhoods and towns.

And at the end of the project last Friday (29 January), the groups presented their ideas back to councillors and others involved in the Manydown project.
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Photo shows: Some of the school children involved in the Manydown masterplanning workshops with the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet member leading on Manydown Cllr John Izett (on right) and Cllr Criss Connor, who represents central Basingstoke on Hampshire County Council.

The children thought about what they like and don’t like about different places and their priorities for creating great homes, streets, neighbourhoods and towns.

And at the end of the project last Friday (29 January), the groups presented their ideas back to councillors and others involved in the Manydown project.

The project involved pupils from Chiltern Primary School, Dove House School, Fairfields Primary School, Fort Hill Community School, Saint Bede’s Catholic VA Primary School, South View Junior School, The Vyne Community School and Winklebury Junior School.

The Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet member responsible for the Manydown development Cllr John Izett said: “It was great to hear the result of so much hard work and such enthusiasm. They came up with some great ideas, especially about helping to create a strong, caring community at Manydown. It is our wish to encourage schoolchildren and young people to continue to give us their input so that Manydown develops as the sort of place that they would want to live in the future.”

Residents and community groups will be able to give their views on different layout ideas for the Manydown development in a public consultation running from Wednesday 17 February to Tuesday 29 March. This follows over 380 residents and 60 community representatives giving their initial ideas about developing Manydown at a four-day community design event in November.

For more information on Manydown and the planned consultation go to the homepage of this website at www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk.