Reminder to give Manydown masterplan views

Residents are being urged not to miss the chance to have their say on the Manydown masterplan in a consultation running until Tuesday 29 March.

The call comes after over 500 people came along to drop-in sessions in Winklebury, Buckskin and Oakley last week and on Saturday (5 March) in The Malls to discuss their ideas and suggestions about the layout of the new development.

PIC BY STEWART TURKINGTON www.stphotos.co.uk 07778 334771

PHOTO BY STEWART TURKINGTON

The consultation is still running and those who were unable to attend can see the exhibition and consultation information and give their views on the website at www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk.

The borough council’s Cabinet member leading on Manydown Cllr John Izett said: “We pledged to keep people involved at every stage of planning Manydown.  Even before we have drawn up a masterplan, we’ve already had lots of comments, thoughts and suggestions in the early stages of community engagement. On Saturday in The Malls, as well as wanting to talk about the masterplan, there was growing interest from people who wanted to live in Manydown in the future, asking how they could buy or rent a home there.

It is not too late for people who could not get along to the drop-in sessions to give us their views to help shape the preferred option for the Manydown masterplan.

After consultation, the project team will analyse all of the feedback received and develop a preferred masterplan that will be consulted on in the summer, before a planning application is submitted later in the year.

The Manydown site is earmarked for around 3,400 new homes in the draft Local Plan up to 2029. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council are the joint owners of the land, with a 999-year lease, and have appointed an experienced team of specialists to draw up the masterplan and planning application.

The photograph shows: Cabinet member Cllr John Izett (right) talking to residents at the Manydown masterplan consultation at The Malls on Saturday 5 March.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @twitter.com/BasingstokeGov