Government support to help Manydown garden communities flourish
Awarded by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the funding is to support specialist work needed to plan ahead for well-designed homes, facilities, infrastructure and green spaces in the new 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 and share a long-term vision for the development of well-planned, well-connected garden communities in western Basingstoke. This has been recognised under the government’s Garden Communities programme, which provides support to progress long-term strategic housing projects from their earliest stages
The latest funding brings total central government support for master planning across the Manydown land to over £3.7 million.
The first stage of realising the vision on the northern part of the Manydown land is the development of a new community, with a 250-acre countryside park, being delivered by master developer Urban&Civic, through a unique public-private partnership with the councils and global charity the Wellcome Trust.
The latest funding will contribute towards technical studies and infrastructure planning for the southern part of the Manydown land as the councils consider how sustainable new communities, supported by comprehensive infrastructure, could be brought forward there over the next 30 years.
Taking a comprehensive approach to planning infrastructure and developing net zero carbon communities, the councils are working with the Society of Merchant Venturers as an adjacent landowner as they promote their land for allocation for employment and housing development in the updated local plan.
Announcing the funding on Saturday (21 May), Housing Minister Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP said: “Garden villages and towns are perfect examples of the vibrant, green communities we want to see right across the country and today’s funding will allow us to work hand-in-hand with local leaders and industry to deliver the high-quality new homes that we need.”
The Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet Member leading on Manydown Cllr John Izett said: "Our aim is to build beautiful homes at Manydown that our residents will adore. Securing government support to ensure that the new communities created will be well planned and be equipped with the right roads, schools, and doctors surgeries is a vital next stage in the evolution of Manydown South."
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Rub Humby, said: “This is a welcome and further significant funding boost from Government which will support our developing plans for the provision of high quality homes and sustainable communities at Manydown.”