Basingstoke and Deane Update: 29th July 2020

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Recovery modelling information 

A reminder that the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum information giving councillors, and other local representatives, an overview of the current COVID-19 recovery timeline, activities and statistics is updated every two weeks.  The latest version, designed to brief you rather than for communication with residents directly, is available on the LRF section of Hampshire County Council’s website at 

Other non-COVID-19 council news 

Partnership created to deliver new garden community at Manydown 

Following the signing of contracts earlier today, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have entered into a long-term partnership with the UK’s leading master developer Urban&Civic and global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust to develop a well-designed, sustainable new garden community at Manydown that will provide much-needed homes and create hundreds of new jobs.

The partnership will start engagement with residents, local groups and businesses in coming months as it begins to draw up the detailed plans for Manydown, following the decision by councillors earlier this month to grant outline planning permission for the development. This will be ahead of submitting the first planning applications for early infrastructure and the layouts and designs for the initial phase of new homes.

Initial infrastructure work is predicted to start in late 2021. This will allow time for the finalisation of the Section 106 agreement and for the next planning stages, including community engagement and consultation, to take place before infrastructure work, including access roads and utilities, begins to pave the way for building homes and community facilities. 

For more information on the Manydown development, including on the new partnership and the main principles approved through the outline planning application, see 

Councils collaborate for West Berkshire tip solution 

Around 5,000 residents in the north of borough have been spared from having to make long journeys to visit a household waste recycling centre from 1 August, in a move supporting climate emergency targets. 

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s calls to Hampshire County Council to rethink a decision to remove funding for some of the borough’s residents to dispose of their waste and recycling at West Berkshire’s recycling centre have been listened to. 

The borough and county council have agreed to jointly fund the permits as a short term solution until July 2021, reducing additional pressure on the busy tip at Wade Road in Basingstoke and supporting both councils’ climate emergency targets to reduce carbon emissions. 

The joint arrangement is designed to allow time to find a longer term solution which may see West Berkshire Council setting up a system for Basingstoke and Deane residents to use the Newbury centre for a £5 charge and Hampshire County Council exploring the opportunity of a new Household Waste Recycling Centre for residents in the north of the borough. 

The funding decision was taken under the borough council’s urgency powers in consultation with all group leaders. County council Leader Keith Mans approved their part of the funding and next steps for a longer term solution at his Policy and Resources Decision Day today (Wednesday 29 July).

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