This section provides background information about Manydown.
As the joint owners of a 999-year lease on the land, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council submitted an outline planning application for the northern part of Manydown, bordering the western side of Basingstoke, in March 2017 following extensive community engagement in drawing up a masterplan.
The outline planning application set out the main principles for developing a thriving new community with up to 3,520 new homes plus businesses, shops, community facilities, two new primary schools and land for a secondary school, parks, children’s play facilities, sports pitches and allotments. A 250-acre country park will also be created as part of the development.
After four periods of planning consultation, in July 2020 councillors on the borough council’s Development Control Committee took the decision to grant outline planning permission for Manydown.
Following the decision on the outline planning application, the councils entered into a development partnership with the UK’s leading master developer Urban&Civic, and global charity The Wellcome Trust, cementing the two councils’ long term commitment to staying involved in building high quality, sustainable homes with a master developer’s expertise in creating great places to live and investment from a global charitable foundation.
The councils as landowners are now considering how the remainder of the Manydown land to the south, on which they also hold a long lease, could be developed to continue to address the challenge of housing affordability and access to jobs while supporting diverse and changing lifestyles over the next 30 years.
Working with the Society of Merchant Venturers as an adjacent landowner to ensure a comprehensive approach to planning and infrastructure, they are following the process set by the borough council as local planning authority as it updates the Local Plan.
Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan
The current Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan was adopted in May 2016, guiding the development of 15,300 new homes to be built up to 2029, mostly around Basingstoke. There are 12 greenfield allocations, with the largest number of homes at Manydown, together with associated infrastructure and commercial/retail space. The land allocated by the Local Plan includes a number of other sites not owned by the councils.
For more information about the allocation of Manydown in the Local Plan 2011 to 2019, see www.basingstoke.gov.uk/planningpolicy
The borough council as local planning authority is now working to update its Local Plan to provide a blueprint as a guide and basis for future planning decisions.
For more information on the ongoing process, see www.basingstoke.gov.uk/lds
Key documents can be found here