Planning ahead and looking at the future needs of our area is a vital role for the LEP. Over this last year Enterprise M3 has worked alongside Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council to take a long term view of the future of Manydown in Western Basingstoke, to ensure that the right infrastructure is planned and in place for future developments based on garden town principles.
The site west of Basingstoke has the potential to accommodate 8,000 homes over the next 30 years, with the initial phase providing 3,400 homes up to 2029. Manydown is one of the key developments in Basingstoke and Deane’s Local Plan (adopted in May 2016), which provides for a total of 15,300 new homes to be built between 2011 and 2029, mostly around Basingstoke.
Together with the two councils we have worked on a series of studies, funded from £850,000 of capacity money from Government. These studies analyse and explore, with a range of other partners, the best options to support the housing and related facilities development over the next 30-50 years. The studies are laying the foundations for the development of enabling infrastructure strategies that cover housing and financing; energy and water; transport and education and skills.
Enterprise M3 has played a key role in taking forward the skills and education elements with Hampshire County Council, with a focus of building in ambition in all that we do. We want the very best for this crucial Growth Town and have brought business together with other partners to consider models that engage key employers that build in flexibility for education provision from the beginning and where common systems are integrated.
Our focus in working in partnership is to lay those building blocks that will shape the way Basingstoke grows over the next 30 to 50 years and deliver opportunities for all our communities.