Contact Officer: Richard Bayley
This report provides an update on progress with the Manydown project.
The chairman invited the Cabinet Member for Property and Development to introduce the paper which provided a general update on progress made with the Manydown project. The Cabinet Member for Property and Development confirmed that the overall position of the project remained good, with the project team confident that a submission to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) requesting outline planning permission by the end of 2016 remained on track. Work was continuing and progress had been made on procuring a private sector partner for the project, which was expected to be completed by mid-2017 and it was anticipated that works would begin on site during the first half of 2018.
Public engagement with the project was ongoing and the project team was continuing to have a positive dialogue with the Local Planning Authority. The Cabinet Member confirmed that to protect the council’s interest in the Manydown project as the joint landowner with Hampshire County Council representations had been submitted to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule consultation. These representations would be considered when the charging schedule was to be independently examined.
The chairman invited a member of the public, Mr Martin Biermann (speaking as a resident of Basingstoke and Deane and as a member of the Basingstoke Transition Network) to speak regarding this item. Mr Biermann made the following points:
- The LPA’s Supplementary Planning Document did not place enough emphasise on the need to consider climate change in the context of new developments, and consequently had not been sufficiently considered within Manydown.
- There had been a lack of safeguarding of land for a potential new station in the Manydown development.
- The current CIL Draft Charging Schedule puts at risk the ability to deliver 40% affordable housing within the Manydown project.
In response to Mr Biermann’s points the Cabinet Member and Project Director confirmed that the Supplementary Planning Document was an LPA document and not a Manydown landowner document. A train station would not be required for Phase 1 of the project and so land had not been considered for safeguarding and that submissions to the independent examiner in relation to CIL had been made.
The chairman then invited the committee to ask questions and make comments. The committee made the following points:
- There was some concern that the requirement as stated in the CIL Draft Charging Schedule of a payment of £60 per square metre risked the Manydown project’s ability to provide 40% affordable housing. The Cabinet Member explained that it was ultimately in the interest of the council, as the LPA and joint landowner, for consideration of CIL at Manydown to be made by an independent examiner.
- The committee sought confirmation from the Project Director if the council’s adopted 40% affordable housing commitment would be part of the outline planning application. The Project Director confirmed that the affordable housing requirement would be stated as a commitment, subject to viability.
- The report mentioned concerns with regard to provision of gypsy and traveller sites within Manydown. The Project Director confirmed that there were no concerns relating to the potential provision of sites within the Manydown landholding, but that the general policy of gypsy and traveller site provision within the borough needed to be updated to reflect changes in Government policy.
- Where revised budgets were stated in the report the original budget figure should also have been included in the interest of financial transparency and management. The Project Director agreed to include these.
i. The Committee notes the progress made with the Manydown project and the request to the Manydown Executive Committee to release additional funding from the Strategic Capital Reserve into the Manydown project budget;
ii. The Committee notes the consolidated financial statement for the Manydown project in 2015/16; and
iii. The comments of the Manydown Overview Committee will be presented to the Manydown Executive Committee at its meeting on 25 October 2016.