Basingstoke community invited to share ideas for transformational Basingstoke Leisure Park proposals
27th September 2018
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NewRiver REIT (NewRiver) is inviting members of the community to share their views and ideas on what the future may bring for the proposed £300 million transformation of Basingstoke Leisure Park. 

A development agreement, signed by NewRiver and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in March 2018, marked a major commitment to creating a reimagined leisure park for the future, with double the space for leisure facilities and new experiences for all the family to enjoy.

At a series of public events from Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October, NewRiver is inviting the public to come and learn more about what is possible for Basingstoke Leisure Park. 

This is the first phase of NewRiver’s exciting, long-term programme and is an opportunity for members of the public to have their say on what they would like to see, in order to help shape the emerging plans and proposals. NewRiver will ask for further feedback from the community at a series of events in the New Year, when plans are progressed. 

Members of the development team will be available to answer questions and outline some possibilities, as well as show the early concepts and a range of exciting new ideas and experiences.

Jamie Whitfield, Director of Commercial Development at NewRiver, commented:

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to completely re-imagine how the people of Basingstoke want to spend their free time in the future. We are going to be transforming the park, with double the space dedicated to leisure activities and facilities, bringing amazing new experiences and public spaces with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. This will operate alongside a designer outlet village, to create a new destination.

“The first step of this exciting project is the community event in October, where we can set out what is possible as part of the project, and more importantly, listen to what people want for their future leisure park. These ideas will help shape the emerging plans by showing us what facilities and experiences will be most valued by local people.”

Early conceptual ideas and outlines for Basingstoke Leisure Park will be available for the local community to view at the events in October 2018, and online from Monday 8 October.

Councillor John Izett, Cabinet Member for Property and Development at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council said 

“When people think about the best in ‘day out’ attractions, they think about different types of experiences either in the UK or further field, depending on how they like to spend their free time and how far they are willing to travel.  In the future the plan is that Basingstoke will be the place to come to for the best and latest leisure experiences and excitement in the UK.  We want the best for our residents and this fantastic new leisure park and designer outlet centre will be right here on the doorstep. Importantly, this project will bring other benefits, including 2,000 jobs.

“Our selected partner, NewRiver is showing how ambitious and ground breaking their ideas are.  I urge people to go along to the drop in sessions to get inspired about just what could be possible and give their views on what they would like the leisure park to offer in the future.”

The exhibition will be open at the following times:

  • ·         The Malls Shopping Centre Basingstoke:
    • o    Friday 5 October, 10am to 5pm (Castle Square, near Primark)
    • o    Saturday 6 October, 10am to 5pm (opposite Deichmann Shoes)
  • ·         The Aquadrome, Basingstoke Leisure Park:
    • o    Sunday 7 October 2018, 10am to 3pm

For information, and to view the exhibition panels (available from Monday 8 October), please visit

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The development will bring significant economic benefits to the borough, creating an estimated 2,000 new jobs, and attracting new spending power into the local economy as part of a wider inward investment strategy across the town as a whole.

A scheme of this scale is highly complex and as designs emerge, these will be subject to the planning process. The project will be delivered in carefully planned phases, subject to planning permission, with this first event one of the initial stages of this exciting journey.

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