The search has started to find the right development partner to create much-needed new homes in a well-designed and planned way at Manydown.

As joint landowners, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Councils are inviting property and investment companies to initial discussions at an event next month (June) if they are interested in the partnership to deliver the forward-thinking vision for Manydown.

This is an early stage before the councils start the formal tender process to identify the right private sector partner with a strong track record of creating large residential projects as great places to live. The aim is to sign final contracts in September next year.

The two councils are working on proposals for the overall layout of the development of over 3,400 new homes, with schools, community facilities and a country park on the north part of Manydown, allocated as a major development site in the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan.

Consultation on this proposed masterplan is due to start in September with drop-in sessions for residents to give their views. Residents have already helped to shape the plans through two periods of engagement.

An outline planning application for the site is set to be submitted at the end of 2016.

Cllr John Izett, Cabinet member for Manydown at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: “Manydown is very important for Basingstoke’s future. It is a huge step forward that we now have a Local Plan, with this as a major housing allocation. We have a huge responsibility to make sure it is done well, with the right infrastructure to make Manydown something to be proud of for generations to come. We’re looking for an experienced partner with a track record in creating great places coupled with a commitment to help realise our plans to make Manydown a vibrant, successful community and an amazing place.”

Cllr Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “As joint landowners with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, we are committed to the future of Manydown – working with the selected partner to deliver this unique project for Hampshire. A good quality development which respects the quality of the environment and has adequate infrastructure is of considerable importance to the county council, especially schools and health facilities, as well as highways – so that existing residents do not face traffic congestion. We see this as a key site, and a major opportunity that will reflect the great character of Hampshire as a place to live, work and prosper.”