Representatives of community and neighbourhood groups and residents are being invited to be part of the team drawing up the masterplan for the development of the northern part of Manydown at a special event in November.

The event entitled Shaping Manydown: The Place and its Community will take place in November and will involve people representing the neighbouring communities and local specialists. To view the event newsletter click Community Design Event newsletter.

Working with planners and other designers, they will be helping to shape the picture of what the development of Manydown up to 2029 needs to look, feel and be like. The masterplanners and urban design specialists will be drawing up the community ideas and suggestions in ‘real time’ as they start outlining the plans for locations of key parts of the development, including neighbourhood centres, community facilities, schools, health services and open spaces, and the types and styles of homes and businesses.

The borough council’s Cabinet member leading on Manydown, Cllr John Izett, said: “We have a real opportunity with Manydown to do something different and outstanding in the way the vision for this new community is taken forward. It is crucial that we have real engagement with the local community from the earliest stages, going beyond the traditional planning consultation that a developer would do normally.

Residents will also be invited to come along on Saturday 14 November from 12pm to 6pm and Sunday 15 November from 10am to 4pm, to look at what has been drawn up and give their views, comments and suggestions to the team. The event will held be in a large heated marquee in War Memorial Park in Basingstoke.

Younger members of the community will be offered the chance to draw up ideas themselves as part of the event and there will also be other activities to keep them occupied while their parents give their views.

Cllr Izett said: “Manydown is about creating a new successful community for the long term. The two councils want to harness the potential offered by public ownership of the land to create a place that will promote a full and healthy lifestyle for people living in and around the new community.”

Anyone who can’t come to the public sessions will be able to give their comments, thoughts and suggestions at or on the Freephone information number 08081 683 600.

As the joint owners of a 999-year lease on the land, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have appointed a highly skilled and experienced team of different specialists to work on the complex development project, which includes capturing local views, information, issues and aspirations for the development. The community design event is part of the early stage of engagement in the development of a planning application for the northern part of Manydown, proposed for around 3,400 new homes in the draft Local Plan up to 2029.

Leader of Hampshire County Council Councillor Roy Perry said: “Hampshire is an extremely popular place to live and quality of life is a key priority for the County Council. With a growing population in the area, Manydown will become home to significant numbers of people. The involvement of local people in the design is crucial, and we would very much encourage residents to attend the event so we can hear their views and ideas.”

Following the event, a draft master plan giving preferred layout and design options will be drawn up for further public comments early next year. The aim is for further consultation on the planning application itself later in the summer, before it is submitted for planning permission in the autumn.