The outline planning application for Manydown was submitted in March 2017 following 18 months of extensive community involvement in drawing up a masterplan. The stages of engagement, as well as the ways in which public feedback informed the outline planning application prior to its submission, are set out below.

Illustrative masterplan

Shaped through public feedback, the illustrative masterplan to the right forms part of the outline planning application for Manydown.

It demonstrates how the principles established through the application could be interpreted and should not be considered as the final layout.

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Public feedback informed the masterplan in a number of ways, including:

  • keeping a green space next to Roman Road
  • providing open space within a five minute walk of homes
  • having fewer but larger and more usable green open spaces
  • keeping a landscape edge along Worting Road
  • locating a primary and secondary school together
  • creating market squares
  • having a lower number of homes in visually sensitive areas
  • creating areas with different characters and architectural approaches.

Masterplanning through community engagement

Four stages of consultation took place to inform the development of an illustrative masterplan for Manydown, which was submitted as part of the outline planning application. These stages are set out below. To view the presentation materials used during the consultation stages, click here

Stage one: Initial discussions - October 2015

Initial discussions and meetings with ward councillors in the areas surrounding Manydown, community and interest groups, parish councils and MPs.

Stage two: community design event - November 2015

Over four days, residents and community groups gave their thoughts on the development, including on the locations and sizes of elements including schools, housing, streets, parks and local centres. Workshops took place over the first two days, which were followed by two public open days to discuss the outcomes from the workshops.

Stage three: masterplan consultation - February and March 2016

Four drop-in events took place during which hundreds of comments from residents, community representatives and statutory consultees were submitted concerning different ideas on how the masterplan for the site could evolve.

Stage four: proposed masterplan consultation - September and October 2016

In advance of submitting the outline planning application, four drop-in sessions were held that asked community representatives, residents and statutory consultees for their feedback on the proposed masterplan for Manydown.