Residents will have a chance to comment on the latest proposals for the development of northern Manydown at four community engagement exhibitions over the coming weeks.

In a consultation running until Thursday 13 October, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, as joint owners of land at Manydown are asking for comments on the proposed masterplan for their development.

Drop-in events are being held to give the community an opportunity to view, discuss and comment on the proposals before a planning application is submitted:

  • Saturday 10 September in Basingstoke town centre in The Malls, outside Primark, Castle Square, between 10.30am and 4.30pm
  • Monday 12 September in Buckskin at the Buckskin Evangelical Church, Chiltern Way, Basingstoke, RG22 5BB between 3.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Friday 23 September in Oakley at Oakley Village Hall, Andover Road, Basingstoke RG23 7HA between 3.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Saturday 24 September in Winklebury at the Basingstoke Sea Cadets and Community Centre, 8 Sycamore Way, Basingstoke RG23 8AB, between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Residents have already had the chance to shape the plans during two previous consultations, with comments from these being used to put together the proposed masterplan. The key elements include:

  • approximately 3,200 homes of different types and sizes
  • two primary schools and a secondary school site
  • a main street, taking both local traffic and some through traffic, that connects into both the A339 and the B3400
  • open space, playing fields and play areas, as well as green links, squares and parks
  • a country park
  • two centres with a range of local shops and facilities.

Information and an online feedback form is available on the website at www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Property and Development Cllr John Izett said: “An important stage has been reached in the realisation of the first phase of Manydown. To thrive the new community will need to be well-designed and planned so that it is a place residents want to live in and make their much needed new homes, as well as providing good new schools, community facilities and a country park.

“From the outset communities have been involved in shaping it and I’m certain our proposals are stronger and better as a consequence. This is a chance for our residents to tell us what they think about the latest evolution of the masterplan before we submit an outline planning application. I encourage as many people as possible to join in and let us have their views on this development which is so important to Basingstoke’s future.”

Leader of Hampshire County Council Councillor Roy Perry, said: “As with the borough council, Hampshire County Council is committed to creating a high quality community at Manydown. As joint landowner of this key site, we want to see a development of which we can all be proud, and which will offer excellent homes to people striving to get onto the housing ladder. Manydown will open up residential opportunities, but it must also ensure local people have access to good infrastructure and community facilities, as well as boost economic growth to the area. We know Hampshire is an attractive county for people to come to live, and Manydown has the potential to be a great new community, adding to Hampshire and Basingstoke’s quality of life.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to take this final opportunity to have their say on the current proposals, so that the plans are as well-informed and detailed as possible, ahead of the planning application.”

The land allocated by the Local Plan includes a number of other sites not owned by the councils. To coordinate the developments and the planning of the infrastructure needed to support them, the borough council has drawn up a Manydown Development Brief under its responsibility for planning. The overall allocation in the Local Plan allows for approximately 3,400 homes in total to be built

In a separate consultation, also running until Thursday 13 October 2016, the borough council’s planning team is asking for residents’ views on this draft brief. Identifying key principles to inform decisions about the future planning applications, the brief covers issues such as how people will travel to and from the developments, community facilities to be provided, specific environmental issues that need to be addressed and how the developments relate to surrounding communities and each other.

It has been decided to run the two consultations side-by-side so that they are coordinated and give residents the chance to comment on all the aspects of the outline planning of the developments. Council planning officers will also be attending the drop-in sessions to explain the Manydown Development Brief consultation and answer any questions about wider planning issues relating to the developments.

For more information, or to have your say on the Manydown Development Brief, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/ManydownSPD, email local.plan@basingstoke.gov.uk or call on 01256 844844.