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Plans submitted for 3,000 homes in Hampshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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An outline planning application for the first phase of a new community at Manydown in Basingstoke, including more than 3,000 homes, has been submitted.

Joint landowners Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have submitted the application for the first 3,200 homes of the development, which is for land acquired to help meet the borough’s future housing needs.

Plans for the new community include a range of homes, businesses, shops, two new primary schools and land for a secondary school. They also include parks, children’s play facilities, sports pitches and allotments.

In May 2016, the two councils issued a prior information notice announcing a residential development that has the potential to deliver 8,000 homes.

The site covers an area of 843 hectares of greenfield land.

The councils said the development is focused on a long-term commitment and ongoing stewardship, whereby both parties will remain involved throughout the delivery of the project to ensure the vision for an “exemplar development” at Manydown is realised under garden town principles.

John Izett, cabinet member of property and development at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: “This planning application marks a notable milestone on our journey to building one of the best designed and thought out new housing developments in the UK.

“It is so much better for having drawn so many of its ideas from local residents through the many stages of consultation. The next important stage will be selection this summer of a private sector development partner. We remain on track to build the first new homes at Manydown in 2019."

Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council, added: “As joint landowner of this key site, we are committed to the future of the development which we believe will reflect the great character of Hampshire as a place to live, work and prosper. We look forward to taking the next steps in its progression.”

Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design was appointed in 2015 to produce a masterplan comprising 3,200 homes, for the development of the northern part of Manydown. Tibbalds has coordinated the outline planning application and managed a multi-disciplinary team as part of the masterplanning and resident and stakeholder engagement process.

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