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Deal on partnership to deliver garden community agreed

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Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have joined with master developer Urban&Civic and global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust to deliver a £1.2 billion ‘sustainable’ garden community at Manydown in Basingstoke.

Manydown Development Vehicle LLP’s project – planning permission for which was granted on 8 July – comprises 3,500 new homes, 40 per cent have been designated as affordable; a 250-acre country park; two primary schools with land reserved for a potential new secondary school; two local centres; businesses; shops and community facilities.

The councils own the land.

This is the first phase of the scheme. In its entirety, the scheme is part of the government's garden community programme, which will build up to 10,000 new homes in the longer term and create jobs.

John Izett, cabinet member for regeneration and property at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: “We can now move forward to develop Manydown. With a formidable public-private partnership now in place, I am confident that all the comprehensive preparations, creative 21st century urban design and planning and attention to the views of our residents will be put to excellent effect in realising a new community and urban extension for Basingstoke. Our high ambition is to ensure that when Manydown is built it will be regarded as a standout development across the country in concept and execution, and, most importantly, cherished by those who make their homes and lives there.”

Urban&Civic chief executive officer Nigel Hugill added: “The Manydown development is the most significant proposed in Basingstoke since the 1970s. The challenges are clear and priorities have been reset. There is no longer a presumption that town can only meet country by means of a petrol engine. Equally, the fundamental underlying strengths of Basingstoke have not changed. Accessibility, connectivity and a forward-looking conviction will find new resonance in a digital age, located within the enduring magnificence of the surrounding countryside." 

Work is under way to enable a start on site in late 2021.

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