Manydown Garden Communities

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council are the joint owners of a long lease on 2,000 acres of land at Manydown in western Basingstoke.

The vision is to create sustainable new communities of connected neighbourhoods developed in a well-planned and coordinated way, combining the best features from Hampshire villages and towns with a contemporary sustainable design.

For more information visit the website for the councils' Manydown Garden Communities programme.

Northern Manydown development

Artist impression of the new country park in northern Manydown
Picture shows 'Artist impression of how the new country park in northern Manydown could look'

The northern part of Manydown has outline planning permission for a new community of up to 3,520 new homes, 1,400 of which will be affordable, with a 250-acre countryside park.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council are in a partnership with master developer Urban&Civic, part of global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust, to develop the new community at Manydown.

Following outline planning permission being granted for the development, the partnership has been progressing the work needed to submit further planning applications to set out more detail on the development as a whole and the initial phase, in terms of design and site access arrangements.

Preliminary survey work started on the Manydown site in March 2021 as part of a series of early investigations to better understand the site, including the precise location of utility supplies, archaeological trenching, drainage tests and further detailed ground investigations.

In April 2023, planning permission was approved by the borough council’s Development Control Committee for the temporary construction access junctions as a first step in supporting the permissions and access needed to start work on site.

The final steps to close the deal to buy land at Manydown, enabling development to start there, have been agreed by the borough council’s Cabinet.

The freehold purchase needs to be completed before construction work can start on the north Manydown land in Basingstoke, originally bought under a long lease, with an option to purchase the freehold, by the borough council and Hampshire County Council in 1996.

At a special meeting on Monday 13 November 2023, the borough council’s Cabinet agreed a report setting out the structure of a proposed agreement to move forward with the purchase of the land from the Manydown Company.

Hampshire County Council’s Cabinet has already agreed delegated authority to its senior officers to take forward the proposals relating to the purchase of land in the north Manydown area.

Once the terms of the purchase, which are commercially sensitive, have been agreed by both councils the legal and financial documents can be drawn up to complete the deal.

Read more about the development and register for updates on the website for the new community at Manydown

Southern Manydown land

With steps under way to deliver the new community in the north of the Manydown land, the councils are considering how the remaining land to the south – on which they also own a long lease – could be brought forward over the next 30 years to continue to address housing affordability and access to jobs.

Taking a comprehensive approach to planning and coordinating strategic infrastructure and developing sustainable net zero carbon communities, the councils are working alongside The Society of Merchant Venturers as an adjacent landowner as they promote their land for allocation through the Local Plan Update.

See the Manydown Garden Communities website for more information on the promotion of the southern part of the councils’ land at Manydown.

More information on the Local Plan Update

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