Following the decision to grant outline planning permission for a new community in northern Manydown in July 2020, the councils are considering how their land to the south, on which they also hold a long lease, could be brought forward over the next 30 years to continue to address housing affordability and access to jobs.

The councils are working with the Society of Merchant Venturers as an adjacent landowner for the proper planning of the area, ensuring a comprehensive approach to infrastructure and developing sustainable net zero carbon communities.

The three landowners are now following the process set out by the borough council as local planning authority as it updates the Local Plan, jointly promoting their landholdings as Southern Manydown.

For more information on the ongoing process by the local planning authority to update its Local Plan, visit the borough council’s planning webpages at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/lds

The land to the south of the councils’ Manydown land is owned by charitable foundation St Monica Trust, which has appointed the Society of Merchant Venturers as its trustee to promote the land for development.

For more information on the Society of Merchant Venturers, visit www.merchantventurers.com