Residents and community groups will be asked to give their views on different layout ideas for the Manydown development at four events, as part of a consultation that starts tomorrow (Wednesday 17 February).

As part of the consultation, that runs until Tuesday 29 March, there will be drop-in sessions on:

Saturday 27 February in Winklebury at Basingstoke Sea Cadets and Community Centre, in Sycamore Way, RG23 8AB, between 10.30am and 2.30pm

Monday 29 February in Buckskin at Buckskin Evangelical Church, in Chiltern Way, RG22 5BB, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Friday 4 March in Oakley at Oakley Village Hall, in Andover Road, RG23 7HA, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Saturday 5 March in Basingstoke town centre in The Malls, outside Primark, between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, who are joint owners of a 999-year lease on Manydown land, have appointed an experienced team of specialists to draw up detailed plans in advance of submitting a planning application for the new community at the end of this year.

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Over 380 residents and 60 community representatives came along to give their initial thoughts to the team at a four-day community design event in November. The team has used the feedback from the event, together with a range of surveys and studies and initial discussions with statutory bodies and other service providers, to look at key elements for the masterplan that will guide the layout of the final development.

These include what the main street could be like, where the main centre could be and the location of schools, playing fields, parks and other community facilities, as well as how these elements create somewhere distinctive and complementary to the surrounding areas. The consultation will ask for views on possible approaches to the layout in the masterplan.

Anyone who cannot make it to the community engagement events will be able to see all the consultation information and have their say at www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet member responsible for the Manydown development Cllr John Izett said: “Both councils are clear that in building a new community on land that is beautiful Hampshire countryside and borders established communities, we have a huge responsibility to make sure it is done well, with the right infrastructure to make it something to be proud of for generations to come.

“This is an enormous task and we need the active interest and ideas of the local and wider community who will live in and around Manydown. They will know what will work and what won’t, and what will be needed, for example in terms of types of housing, roads, schools, community facilities, shops, business space and open space.

“We have already received lots of interesting and positive ideas through the first part of our engagement programme, including the community design event in November. We now hope as many people as possible will come along to the events and continue to give us their views.”

After the consultation, the project team will analyse all of the feedback to help shape the preferred masterplan. In late summer 2016 there will be another consultation event, before a planning application is submitted.