An important step towards creating much-needed homes at Manydown has been taken with the submission of an outline planning application.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, acting as landowners, have applied for planning permission on land they jointly acquired to help to meet the borough’s future housing needs.

Setting out the main principles for developing a thriving new community, the application is for 3,200 new homes of different types and sizes – for sale, for rent and affordable homes to rent and to buy.

Businesses, shops and community facilities, two new primary schools and land for a new secondary school are included in the application, as well as parks, children’s play facilities, sports pitches and allotments. A 250 acre country park would be created as part of the development.

A central street running through the new community is proposed together with parking, footpaths, cycle links and other infrastructure, including power, water and other utilities, such as communications technology.

The application is the result of 18 months of hard work by the councils and a specialist team, working closely with local communities to shape proposals for this development on the northern part of Manydown, including through a community design event and two consultations. To help residents understand the planning proposals a series of fact sheets on different elements of the application are available at www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Property and Development Cllr John Izett said: “This planning application marks a notable milestone on our journey to building one of the best designed and thought out new housing developments in the UK. It is so much better for having drawn so many of its ideas from local residents through the many stages of consultation. I am grateful to everyone for the part they’ve played so far. The next important stage will be selection this summer of a private sector development partner. We remain on track to build the first new homes at Manydown in 2019.”

The Leader of Hampshire County Council Cllr Roy Perry said: “As joint landowner, we are committed to develop Manydown as a thriving community, while showing respect for the environment, and reflecting the great character of Hampshire as a place to live, work and prosper. As a strategic authority for the county we also have the experience and expertise to ensure long-term planning for Manydown fits in seamlessly to developments across the county as a whole.”

The borough council has responsibility for making planning decisions, consulting with the parts of the county council responsible for making decisions on highways and education, and will now assess the application in the same way as one from any other developer. This will include formally consulting neighbouring residents and other organisations with an interest in the proposals.

The planning application documents are available to view on the borough council planning pages at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/manydownplanning.

If outline planning permission is granted, other planning applications would be submitted later on the detailed design proposals, such as the exact locations of the streets, community facilities and houses and their sizes and styles. Residents would have further opportunities to comment on these as they are drawn up and as part of the planning process.