Big step forward for Basingstoke Town's stadium plan

An artist's impression of Basingstoke Town's proposed new stadium

An artist's impression of Basingstoke Town's proposed new stadium

First published in Sport by , Reporter

A MILESTONE is set to be reached in Basingstoke Town’s bid to relocate to a new stadium.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has agreed terms with the football club for the sale of land needed to build a new 5,124-capacity stadium in Eastrop, and for the council’s 29 per cent share of the club’s current stadium at The Camrose.

If the scheme goes ahead, the local authority will receive £935,000.

Members of the borough council’s decision-making cabinet are set to support proposals for the new £7.5m stadium and the deal for the sale of the council-owned land off Old Common Road at a meeting on Tuesday.

Hoping for cabinet and public support for the plans, Basingstoke Town FC chairman Rafi Razzak said: “It will be a great landmark to build a new stadium in Basingstoke.

“It is something we have been looking forward to and it will mean the football club will be looked after for the next 100 years, with no impact or cost to the taxpayer.”

The move to the new purpose-built stadium would be funded through the sale of the current ground, in South Ham, which is being lined up as an out-of-town retail park.

As part of the agreement, a number of conditions have been placed on the sale, including terms which state that the borough council will retain the freehold of the Old Common Road site, the new stadium must be built before the council sells its share of The Camrose, and the 230-space car park at the new site can be used as a drop-off point for the Costello School to avoid heavy traffic on London Road.

In addition, the football club has agreed to put aside 20 per cent of the profit made from the scheme into a fund for five years to ensure the financial stability of the club.

An all-weather pitch is also set to be built in the grounds of neighbouring Costello School, in Crossborough Hill, which will be used by both the football club and pupils at the school.

Borough council leader Councillor Clive Sanders told The Gazette: “Since the last decision, we have been negotiating with the football club to make sure we got a proper consideration for the value of land at both places, and that’s where we have got to at this stage.

“We can confirm the agreement to sell it but that has to be subject to the public being in agreement that it is the right thing to do.”

Basingstoke Town FC chairman Rafi Razzak added: “It will be a great landmark to build a new stadium in Basingstoke."

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3:11pm Thu 19 Jun 14

CrossofLorraine says...

I am so pleased for BTFC that this is finally being sorted but another out of town retail park on the Camrose site. I thought DBBC desparately need space for houses and want attract more retail businesses to the top of town redevelopment, neither of which is served by another retail park. Besides there's a ruddy great vacant plot across the road that developers seem unable to convert into a retail park, or is this BDBC's backdoor for letting Tescos have the site they want on the west side of B'stoke?
I am so pleased for BTFC that this is finally being sorted but another out of town retail park on the Camrose site. I thought DBBC desparately need space for houses and want attract more retail businesses to the top of town redevelopment, neither of which is served by another retail park. Besides there's a ruddy great vacant plot across the road that developers seem unable to convert into a retail park, or is this BDBC's backdoor for letting Tescos have the site they want on the west side of B'stoke? CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 9

3:20pm Thu 19 Jun 14

CrossofLorraine says...

I am so pleased for BTFC that this has finally been sorted this out. But another out of town retail park on the old Camrose site, I thought B&DBC were desperate for land for housing and wanted to attract retail businesses to the top of town re-development, neither of which is served by another out of town retail park. Plus there's already a ruddy great vacant site opposite that developers don't seem to be able to convert into a retail park. Or is this B&DBC backdoor for Tesco to finally get the site they want west of Basingstoke?
I am so pleased for BTFC that this has finally been sorted this out. But another out of town retail park on the old Camrose site, I thought B&DBC were desperate for land for housing and wanted to attract retail businesses to the top of town re-development, neither of which is served by another out of town retail park. Plus there's already a ruddy great vacant site opposite that developers don't seem to be able to convert into a retail park. Or is this B&DBC backdoor for Tesco to finally get the site they want west of Basingstoke? CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bonniepuss says...

What about the Common? Not everyone likes football....and why yet another retail park?!
What about the Common? Not everyone likes football....and why yet another retail park?! bonniepuss
  • Score: 5

10:00am Fri 20 Jun 14

JJ38JJ says...

I love artists impressions. 5124 spectators plus the teams and staff and there are about 20 cars in the car park.
The previous poster is right. If land for an out-of-town retail park is in such demand how come the land across the road has been a derelict eyesore for the best part of a decade? The existing 'stadium' will be demolished and the arguments will begin. Do the club need over 500 seats? Can't the existing round be developed at low cost?
I love artists impressions. 5124 spectators plus the teams and staff and there are about 20 cars in the car park. The previous poster is right. If land for an out-of-town retail park is in such demand how come the land across the road has been a derelict eyesore for the best part of a decade? The existing 'stadium' will be demolished and the arguments will begin. Do the club need over 500 seats? Can't the existing round be developed at low cost? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Fri 20 Jun 14

CrossofLorraine says...

bonniepuss wrote:
What about the Common? Not everyone likes football....and why yet another retail park?!
We or the elected B&DBC's have allowed the old common to be nibbled away for years now. A memorial park, a secondary school, the ring road south, a Hotel chain and finally a private Tennis club have all been developed on the old common, so why not a new home for the communities football club? I agree not everybody enjoys our national winter sport, but far more people enjoy football as sport or spectacle than Tennis.
[quote][p][bold]bonniepuss[/bold] wrote: What about the Common? Not everyone likes football....and why yet another retail park?![/p][/quote]We or the elected B&DBC's have allowed the old common to be nibbled away for years now. A memorial park, a secondary school, the ring road south, a Hotel chain and finally a private Tennis club have all been developed on the old common, so why not a new home for the communities football club? I agree not everybody enjoys our national winter sport, but far more people enjoy football as sport or spectacle than Tennis. CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 5

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