Basingstoke and Deane Updates
1. Have your say on plans to curb town centre antisocial drinking
People are being asked to give their views on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s plans to get tougher on antisocial street drinking in the town centre. The council is proposing to introduce a Public Space Protection Order for the town centre area to take a firmer stance on drinking-related antisocial behaviour and is asking people to have their say. Public Space Protection Orders make it an offence to drink alcohol in designated areas after officers from the police and the council have asked an individual to dispose of it. If they do not comply, they could receive an on the spot fine of £100 or a £1,000 fine if convicted by a Magistrates Court. The proposed area for the new Public Space Protection Order includes the town centre, War Memorial Park, Eastrop Park, Glebe Gardens, Holy Ghost Cemetery and small sections of Brookvale, Norden and Eastrop. This is based on evidence of areas where alcohol-related antisocial behaviour has been reported to the police or the council and has had a negative impact on businesses, visitors or residents in the town. Cabinet Member for Communities, Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Simon Bound said: “Antisocial behaviour of any form is unacceptable and has a big impact on people. While the majority of visitors in the town centre drink sensibly, there are a minority that engage in behaviour which can cause distress to visitors and businesses. “We are asking for people's feedback on our proposal to introduce this order across the wider town centre area, bringing a greater consequence to those who continue to behave in this way while drinking and giving the council greater powers to take enforcement action.” You can have your say about this online from Monday 7 June to Sunday 25 July at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/pspo
2. Last chance to have your say on the borough’s future approach to community and sports facilities
Residents, community groups and sports clubs across the borough are being encouraged to share their views to help shape the borough’s future approach to community facilities.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is updating its Leisure and Recreation Needs Assessment, which forms a framework for establishing the future approach to open space, sport and recreation, as well as considering how community buildings are serving community needs and how this can be improved for future years.
With more residents across the borough spending more time in their communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the updated Leisure and Recreation Needs Assessment will ensure the council can provide support where it is needed most.
Gathering views from community groups, sports clubs and local residents is a crucial part of the project and there is still time to share your views on how you use existing facilities and what could be improved for the future.
Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure Cllr Rebecca Bean said: “The pandemic has changed the way we live our lives. It has been great to see so many people getting involved in their local communities and as we look ahead to recovery, it is important that we continue to develop opportunities for people to enjoy activities that contribute to their health and wellbeing.
“We have heard from lots of community and sports groups and residents who use these facilities and they have provided fantastic insight into their facilities and future needs. However, it is really important that we hear from more of you right across the borough so we can establish where else we can provide support and make the biggest difference to residents’ lives.”
For more information and to complete the survey, visit: https://basingstoke-and-deane-luc.hub.arcgis.com/
3. New lettings in boost for Basing View
Basing View is proving it is an ideal location to meet changing workspace demands from London and other city businesses looking for satellite offices and flexible working options.
External investors continue to demonstrate their confidence in Basingstoke as a key strategic location along the M3 corridor. And, following several new lettings, it’s clear that more businesses are choosing to make Basing View their home.
The international marketing agency Purple has taken 10,400 sq. ft at Eni House, a landmark building in Basingstoke’s town centre business park.
Purple, which specialise in healthcare, business and consumer-focused communications, were attracted by the ‘plug and play’ opportunities at Eni House. They can now make use of the fully fitted and furnished office and enjoy access to the landlord’s facilities and IT support services and on-site restaurant.
The fourth floor space has been let on a five-year lease and will serve as the site of their new international headquarters following their move from Lilly House in Basingstoke.
Steve Shaw, Managing Director of Purple Agency, said: “We’re delighted to be making the move to Eni House. This amazing space reflects the creative and versatile culture of our business and gives us flexibility in how we work. The central location and easy transport links are already proving popular with our team and we’re all looking forward to immersing ourselves into the community.”
Other new lettings at Basing View include Basingstoke ITEC, which has moved to the DeskLodge co-working facility and new creative medical communications agency, This is Us, which has taken space at Belvedere House.
Following the move of law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper to Matrix House, the owners of the Renaissance scheme on Basing View have started a full refurbishment of Building 1100. The project is due to complete in July this year and the Grade A office space is set to be offered with the option of individual self-contained floors.
And Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and development partner Muse Developments handed over the keys to a new 45,000 sq. ft headquarters building for global pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company in March following the completion of external construction work.
Detailed planning consent has also been granted for a 40,000 sq. ft sister building, located on site and with shared car parking, which is currently being marketed for a pre-let.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr Hannah Golding said: “As companies start to plan their return to the workplace, Basing View is poised to meet changing office requirements. From London-based businesses seeking satellite offices to companies wanting stand-alone buildings, self-contained floors or affordable serviced and flexible space – we have something to suit everyone.
“Basing View is a great place to do business and these new lettings – and the significant external investment planned or under way at Renaissance, Grosvenor House and Southern Cross – all underline Basingstoke’s strength as a strategic and well-connected location. Purple has been working in Basingstoke since 2008 and we’re delighted that their 130 UK team members will continue to be based here.”