Young people with designs on the future are being invited to help create a lasting legacy for the borough by coming up with innovative ideas for the development of new communities at Manydown at a series of workshops next month.
A free four-day series of workshops is being run for 13 to 21 year olds in Basingstoke town centre from Monday 7 August to Thursday 10 August, with the aim of creating new public street furniture for Manydown – it could be funky seating or a brightly coloured bike shelter, or even a piece of public art.
Open to 13 to 21 year olds living in the Basingstoke area, the workshops will offer the chance to work alongside experts in urban design and planning places and so will give a valuable insight into architecture, buildings, art and green spaces. They will be particularly useful for anyone who is thinking of a career in the construction industry or is just keen to be part of the Manydown design process.
The workshops will run from 10am to 3.30pm every day from Monday 7 August to Thursday 10 August.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have applied for outline planning permission for the new development of over 3,000 new homes at Manydown, on land they jointly acquired to help to meet the borough’s future housing needs.
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 also be created as part of the development.
Groups of young people from local schools have already been involved in planning for the future of Manydown, with regular engagement sessions running since January 2016 with 30 pupils from eight local schools. Their comments and suggestions have been considered in putting together the outline planning application.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Property and Development Cllr John Izett said: “These summer workshops are an exciting opportunity for young people to get involved in creating something unique that will bring life, individuality and a sense of fun to the new community. Manydown aims to be one of the best designed and thought out new housing developments in the UK. We have already drawn many ideas for it from local residents of all ages through the many stages of consultation. By consulting local young people to help with the urban design elements, we can look forward to seeing some very special street features which will be used and enjoyed by all residents in the future.”
The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Roy Perry, said: “As joint landowner of this key site, we believe this development will reflect the great character of Hampshire as a place to live, work and prosper. It is vital that young people have a say in designing what the streets and spaces of Manydown will look like as they will be the home buyers of the future.
“The opinions of young people matter as they will be a big part of the future community at Manydown. I’m sure their designs will be innovative and creative, and the workshops will be particularly beneficial for those who are interested in pursuing careers in design and construction.”
Any 13 to 21 year olds living in the Basingstoke area that want to apply or find out more should visit www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk/young-opinions/activities.