A thriving new community of up to 3,520 new homes plus community facilities and a 250-acre country park is set to be created on the northern part of Manydown, following a decision by councillors on the Development Control Committee in July 2020 to grant outline planning permission for the development.
Setting out the main principles for developing a thriving new community, the outline application was submitted by the borough council and Hampshire County Council as landowners, following the purchase of a long lease on the Manydown land in 1996.
Shaped by 18 months of extensive community engagement before its submission, local residents and stakeholders were able to input their views over four further periods of planning consultation since the application was submitted in 2017.
The decision to approve the outline planning application set the main principles for the development of up to 3,520 new homes, with a 250-acre country park, including its type, size and vehicular access points.
But the detailed layout of the development or the designs of buildings and spaces will follow in future planning documents and detailed applications developed by the new development partnership set to create the new community, embracing garden town principles.
The partnership will start engagement with residents, local groups and businesses in coming months ahead of submitting the first planning applications for early infrastructure and the layouts and designs for the initial phase of new homes.
Early estimations are that Manydown could be welcoming its first residents within three years, allowing time for the next planning stages, including community engagement and consultation. This would be followed by infrastructure work, including access roads and utilities, paving the way for building homes and community facilities.
Local residents, community groups and parish councils will have the opportunity to shape these detailed proposals as future planning applications are developed.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have entered into a long-term partnership with master developer Urban&Civic and global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust.
Set to deliver the ambitious vision for a sustainable garden community in the northern part of Manydown, the partnership – Manydown Development Vehicle LLP – combines the two councils’ long-term commitment with the expertise of a master developer, backed by a leading global charitable foundation.
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 and further work to set out the working arrangements between the partners, the development contracts formalising the unique joint venture partnership were signed in July 2020.
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. Detailed proposals were put forward by bidders through four stages of procurement, following which Urban&Civic, partnered with the Wellcome Trust, was announced as the successful bidder in February 2018.
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.