Councillors on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Development Control Committee took the decision to grant outline planning permission for a new garden community at Manydown at a virtual meeting on Wednesday 8 July.

The approval of the outline planning application, which was submitted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council as landowners and guided by the councils’ vision, objectives and principles for Manydown, means that the high-level principles for a new garden community in Basingstoke are now agreed, including its type and size, the infrastructure to be provided and vehicular accesses onto the B3400, A339 and Roman Road.

Following this decision, the main principles of the development, such as its type and size and its vehicular access points, are agreed. But future planning applications will cover the exact layout, design and style of Manydown.

An overview of the proposals in the outline application is set out below.


Combining the best features from Hampshire villages and towns with contemporary sustainable design based on ‘garden town’ principles, the proposals in the outline planning application for Manydown included:

Over a period of 18 months prior to the submission of the outline application, the councils and a specialist team worked closely with the community to develop proposals for the northern part of Manydown. Engagement continued following the submission of the application. For more information on how engagement with communities and statutory authorities has informed Manydown, click here

Based on the masterplan proposals, an illustrative fly-over video has been developed. This video helps to show how the proposals for Manydown could be realised.

A booklet providing an overview of the outline application, including the illustrative masterplan and youth engagement, is also available here.

To view fact sheets that provide more detailed information on the proposals in the outline planning application for Manydown, click here.

Planning documents

The proposals in the outline application for Manydown are supported by planning documents including an environmental statement, a transport assessment and a design and access statement. These documents are available on the borough council’s planning webpages at

Preferred development partner

Urban&Civic, partnered with the Wellcome Trust, has been announced as the preferred private sector development partner who will join Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council to deliver their ambitious plans for an exemplar development of new homes on the northern part of Manydown in Basingstoke.

Urban&Civic, the nationally renowned master developer with an impressive track record of creating great places to live, supported by global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust, was chosen through a comprehensive 18 month procurement process by the two councils, as joint leasehold owners of the land. Urban&Civic, as the UK’s leading master developer, has over 25 years’ experience of turning strategic sites into vibrant new communities. Urban&Civic recognises the importance of delivering quality and placemaking from the outset with early investment in infrastructure and amenities that make a difference

For more information on Urban&Civic, visit