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Outline planning application for north Manydown
An outline planning application for the northern part of Manydown was submitted in March 2017, following extensive public involvement in drawing up a masterplan.
It was submitted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, the joint leasehold owners of the land. The outline planning application sets out the main principles for developing a thriving new community of up to 3,500 new homes, businesses, shops and community facilities, two new primary schools and land for a new secondary school, and a 250 acre country park.
Changes are being made to the outline planning application for the Manydown development, based on feedback since it was submitted.
The main focus is revised plans for the access junctions at the north, from the A339, and south, from the B3400 Worting Road, to the new development. These have been made in response to comments from the highways authority and from the public consultation. Further changes have also been made to reduce the height of buildings in sensitive areas around the edge of the Worting Conservation Area.
A different part of the borough council, that will decide whether to give the development planning permission, has been considering the plan including consulting with residents and other bodies.
The updates now being made, in response to comments, will need to go out to further public consultation by the planning authority after they are submitted – likely to be later in the spring.
For more information on the changes visit the Manydown project website at www.manydownbasingstoke.co.uk
Development partner announced
Urban&Civic, partnered with the Wellcome Trust, has been announced as the 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.
Following the selection of the successful bidder, work will now move forward to finalising contracts with Urban&Civic to join the councils in a joint venture partnership to deliver the exciting vision for Manydown, embracing Garden Town principles.
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, such as community facilities, bicycle lanes, roads, parks and schools. It actively supports local small and medium-sized house builders, as well as building homes itself, and ensures that jobs and skills are created through the investment made. Urban&Civic's successful developments include the highly-regarded Alconbury Weald, creating 5,000 new homes on a former Cambridgeshire cold war airfield, and Houlton in Rugby, a new community of 6,200 homes.
The Wellcome Trust is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, whose investment portfolio provides the income for its funding.
The search started in May 2016 for a partner with the necessary vision, expertise and financial resources to deliver the exceptional new communities the two councils are determined to achieve at Manydown, with the formal stages of procurement starting in July 2016. Since then detailed proposals have been put forward by bidders through four stages of procurement.
Manydown Development Brief
The land allocated by the Local Plan includes a number of other sites not owned by the councils.
Under its responsibility for planning, the borough council has drawn up a Manydown Development Brief to coordinate the developments and the planning of the infrastructure needed to support them. The overall allocation in the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan allows for approximately 3,400 homes in total to be built.
For more information on the Manydown Development Brief, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/manydownspd.