Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item


Apologies for absence and substitutions


There were no apologies for absence.



Appointment of Vice-Chair

To appoint a Vice-Chair to the Manydown Overview Committee for the 2021/22 municipal year.



Councillor G James was appointed as Vice-Chair for the municipal year 2021/22.



Declarations of interest


There were no urgent matters.



Urgent matters

To consider any items of business, other than those shown on this agenda and which, by reason of special circumstances to be stated at the meeting, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.



There were no urgent matters.



Minutes of the Meeting held on 15th December 2020 pdf icon PDF 223 KB

The Chair will move that the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record. The only part of the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.


The minutes of the meeting held on 15th December 2020 were confirmed by the committee as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Manydown Programme Update Report pdf icon PDF 601 KB

Contact Officer:  Andrew Reynolds


This report provides an overview of the Manydown Programme and an update on the progress of the Manydown North and Manydown South projects.


The Committee will also receive a programme summary presentation from the Project Director and a presentation from Urban&Civic on the progress of Manydown North on the evening.



The Portfolio Holder for Finance and Major Projectsintroduced the report which provided the committee with an update on the progress of the projects within the Manydown programme. 


He confirmed that following the elections and the appointment of the Cabinet Members he was the portfolio holder for Manydown North and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Rhatigan was the portfolio holder for Manydown South.


He advised that after a comprehensive procurement process Urban&Civic and the Wellcome Trust were appointed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) and Hampshire County Council (HCC) as our joint venture partner and were charged with delivering the 3,500 homes on Manydown North.


Following the approval of the outline planning application the main priority was to secure the S106 agreement with the local planning authority.


The Chair invited visiting speaker Shelia Peacock to address the committee with her comments.  Ms Peacock referred to Basingstoke Transition Network who had released their Manydown standards document which she would like to see incorporated into the plans for Manydown North.  She stressed the importance to plan in green corridors from the south side of the M3 through Manydown to the area of natural beauty to the north and in addition to include the preservation of hedgerows as well as trees for biodiversity.


The Chair invited visiting speaker Martin Biermann to address the committee with his comments.  Mr Biermann confirmed that he was speaking on behalf of the Basingstoke Transition Network and stressed the importance of the construction of Manydown take into account climate change.  He advised that Urban&Civic had taken the time to meet with Basingstoke Transition Network previously to listen to their thoughts on the development but he inferred that their hopes that had been discussed might be too much to deliver and that the Councils were seeking too much of a financial deal rather than a leading development asset.  He asked that the earliest opportunity for public engagement for Manydown South be taken.


The Portfolio Holder for Finance and Major Projects responded to the comments made by the visiting speakers.  He thanked them for their interest and attending the committee to give their views.  He said that sustainability and minimising the impact on the environment on Manydown had been at the heart of the project from the start and one of the reasons that Urban&Civic had been brought on board.  It was encapsulated in the principles agreed by the Councils for Manydown North.  He confirmed that he had read their ideas for a Manydown standard and thought they had some good ideas.  The two Councils had already worked on their own Manydown standards, previously considered by MOC, and would be discussing these with Urban&Civic.   Manydown North was to be an all-electric development and the Country Park to be a net gain biodiversity as well as a recreational activity.   In regard to the comment on the financial aspect of the development, it was important to achieve a financial return but equally they would like  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26/21


Review of work programme pdf icon PDF 104 KB

The committee is asked to note and review its Work Programme.


The Project Director confirmed the suggested work programme and advised that the Country Park Strategy would be brought to a future Committee.


The committee agreed the work programme.


The meeting ended at 8.30 pm.