Over a period of 18 months the councils and a specialist team worked closely with the community to develop detailed proposals for the northern part of Manydown.

There were a number of opportunities for people to get involved in shaping the development: at the Community Design Event in November 2015, during the consultation on the masterplan approaches in February and March 2016, and most recently during the consultation on the emerging masterplan in September and October 2016.

Over 500 people attended the four drop-in events over September and October, with over 100 feedback forms received.

Feedback received throughout each stage of consultation was considered in drawing up the masterplan alongside other considerations, including the views of bodies responsible for education, highways, the environment and heritage and other matters, and input from the specialist team.

The outline planning application is for:

  • up to 3,520 new homes of different types and sizes – for sale, for rent and affordable homes to rent and to buy
  • businesses, shops and community facilities in two new local centres
  • two new primary schools
  • land for a new secondary school
  • parks, children’s play facilities, sports pitches and allotments
  • a new 250 acre country park
  • a central street running through the site, with new vehicular access points on the A339, B3400 and Roman Road
  • and parking, footpaths, cycle links and other infrastructure, including utilities such as drainage and communications technology.

The application has been under consideration by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as planning authority since it was submitted in March 2017. As part of this, the borough council, under its responsibility for planning, undertook a public consultation with residents, as well as different bodies and authorities (statutory consultees).

This has led to a number of changes being proposed by the councils as landowners.

The changes being proposed

The changes mainly focus on 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 feedback from the highways authority and from the public consultation. Diagrams and explanations of the changes can be viewed here.

In response to feedback, some changes have also been made to reduce the height of buildings in sensitive areas around the edge of the Worting Conservation Area.