School News | Manydown Workshops for Young People | Andover & VillagesYoung people with an interest in creating great places for people to live are being invited to join a free four-day workshop to help shape the Manydown garden community – one of the UK’s key new developments.

Offering an opportunity to contribute ideas on how Manydown should be developed, the workshop will be held in Basingstoke from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 August and is open to anybody aged between 13 and 21 interested in subjects such as architecture, urban planning, geography, sociology and psychology.

Places on the free workshop are limited so those interested are urged to apply for a place, explaining why they want to take part, via the website at

This summer holiday workshop will include sessions on designing new places and creating communities. The young people taking part will be able to choose a topic, carry out research and develop their own ideas on how to make the new Manydown development, west of Basingstoke, a great place to live.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, as joint leasehold owners of the Manydown site, are set to work alongside the UK’s leading master developer Urban&Civic in a partnership to deliver the Manydown development and embracing garden town principles.

An outline planning application has been submitted for up to 3,520 new homes, plus businesses, community facilities, schools and a new 250-acre country park, on the northern part of Manydown.

In addition to public consultation, groups of young people from local schools have already been involved in planning for the future of Manydown, with regular engagement sessions running since January 2016.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet member leading on Manydown Cllr John Izett said: “This is an real opportunity for creative young people in the borough to play their part in shaping the future community at Manydown and this workshop will be particularly interesting for those wishing to pursue careers in areas like urban planning and design as well as those who may make their homes eventually at Manydown.

“The new Manydown garden community aims to be one of the UK’s best-designed developments. Residents have already contributed many ideas through the many stages of consultation and I look forward to hearing the views of our young people on what we can do to make it an even better place.”

Leader of Hampshire County Council Cllr Roy Perry said: “The development of Manydown is an exciting opportunity for shaping an environment to meet the aspirations of future generations. What better way to embrace that opportunity, than to involve the aspiring urban designers, architects, and sociologists of the future? I’m very pleased we are able to offer young people this unique opportunity to be part of such a large-scale project, and perhaps learn more about careers that interest them.”

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