A drop-in information event is being held on Saturday (13 January) to give more information on proposed changes to the outline planning application for the Manydown development.

Giving more details of the updates being made in response to feedback on the planning  application, the drop-in event will be held in the centre of The Malls in Basingstoke between 10am and 4pm.

The main focus is revised plans for the access junctions at the north, from the A339, and south, from the B3400 Worting Road, to the new development. These have been made in response to comments from the highways authority and from the public consultation. Further changes have also been made to reduce the height of buildings in sensitive areas around the edge of the Worting Conservation Area.

The outline planning application was submitted in March 2017 by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, as the joint landowners.

A different part of the borough council, that will decide whether to give the development planning permission, has been considering the plan including consulting with residents and other bodies.

The updates now being made, in response to comments, will need to go out to further public consultation by the planning authority after they are submitted. The drop-in event will give residents the chance to find out more about the proposed changes and the reasons for them, and talk to the team that has put together the planning application, so that residents are well briefed when the planning consultation starts.

For those who can’t come along to the event, information on the changes will be available on the Manydown project website at www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk, at the same time as the event. Printed copies of the information displayed at the drop-in session on Saturday 13 January will be available in local community centres, the following week.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Manydown Cllr John Izett said: “This is another milestone on our journey to build one of the best designed and thought out new housing developments in the UK. Before we even submitted the outline planning application, we received many good ideas from residents over 18 months of engagement and consultation. Since the application was submitted to the planning side of the council, more formal consultation has been carried out and we are now proposing changes to respond to that feedback.

This drop-in session gives residents the chance to come along to find out more before they are formally consulted on the changes by the planning side of the council.

Leader of Hampshire County Council Cllr Roy Perry said: “We are committed to creating a sustainable community which will reflect the great character of Hampshire as a place to live, work and thrive – offering high quality homes for local people, with access to good transport, schools and community facilities.

As a joint landowner, we’ve listened to feedback and adapted our plans, including making adjustments to highway access. I’d urge residents to attend this drop-in event to find out more about how this development is taking shape.

The application is for 3,200 homes, up to a maximum of 3,520 homes. This figure has been tested in technical studies, looking at environmental and traffic aspects, to ensure the best use is made of the greenfield site, and that the infrastructure is suitable for the maximum number of homes, irrespective of how many are developed. Manydown is planned as a lower density development in keeping with the surrounding area.

The outline application sets out the main principles for developing the homes, businesses, shops and community facilities, two new local centres, two new primary schools and land for a new secondary school, parks, children’s play facilities, sports pitches, allotments and a 250 acre new country park.