More government funding has been announced to help ensure that the right infrastructure is in place for Manydown and other new homes to be built in the west of Basingstoke in the future.
An additional £695,000 ‘capacity funding’ was announced today (Wednesday 13 February) by Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP, bringing Government funding for work on more detailed planning for Manydown to over £2.7 million.
The latest funding will contribute to more technical studies and dedicated specialist support to plan ahead for the longer-term transport solutions for the major housing development and other homes being built or planned to the west of Basingstoke.
This is in addition to over £10 million in government funding already earmarked for infrastructure projects, including the access junctions for the northern part of Manydown, with more major bids being worked on.
An outline planning application for the northern part of Manydown was submitted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, as the joint owners of a long lease on the Manydown land, in March 2017. This followed extensive public involvement in drawing up a masterplan. The outline application sets out the main principles for developing a thriving new community of up to 3,520 new homes, businesses, shops and community facilities, two new primary schools and land for a new secondary school, and a 250 acre country park.
More consultation on the application by the planning authority has just finished. This followed changes made to the application after more work by the two councils, especially on areas such as highways and transport, in response to comments from previous consultations in March 2017 and July 2018. A planning decision is expected this spring.
The borough council’s Cabinet Member for Property and Development Cllr John Izett said: “Borough residents told us that timely provision of good roads, utilities and broadband was essential to ensure that developments such as Manydown work well, contribute to existing neighbouring areas and learn from the past. This additional funding will be put to good use and represents further evidence of the national importance of Basingstoke and the Government’s confidence in our ability to deliver well designed new homes for our residents.”
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “This further support from the Government for Manydown is extremely welcome and will help ensure that the infrastructure for the development is not only the best it can be but will meet the long term needs of the area. We want the future residents of Manydown to feel part of a community, with facilities and infrastructure that are well-designed and run smoothly and not cause unacceptable pressures on existing residents. It’s good to see support for our vision, and further investment in the future community we are building.”