A MULTI-MILLION pound scheme to build a new road in Hampshire has been given the green light.

Cllr Rob Humby, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, has backed plans to build a new road through the Camrose ground in Basingstoke.

The so-called Camrose Link Road would be a 240m long single carriageway link between the A30 Winchester Road and Western Way.

It will be partially built across land previously used by Basingstoke Football Club for its football pitch.

The plans also include proposals for a signalised junction with the A30 Winchester Road with pedestrian and cycle crossings as well as the closure of the Western Way exit onto Brighton Hill roundabout.

However, Cllr Humby’s decision will now be subject to the outcome of separate plans for a 70-bedroom care home and 89 new homes at the Camrose site.

The news comes as Sport England and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have raised an objection to the Camrose Link Road plans due to loss of the sports facilities.

The county council said the full details for providing suitable alternative sports facilities for the Camrose football ground are being agreed.

At the meeting held this afternoon, Cllr Humby also gave the green light to plans for a compulsory purchase order to buy the land required to deliver the scheme.

Talking to members about the proposals he said: ” What this enables us to do is to progress with the overall scheme, acknowledging that this is in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane council as well and we know that some of that is dependant on planning permission. I am pleased to see this and to see that we are progressing. I am very happy to accept the recommendations.”

Official documents revealed that the link road planning application is expected to be considered by the county council’s Regulatory Committee on July 29 2020.

Meanwhile, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is expected to consider the plans for a care home and new homes at the Camrose site in September this year.

The county council said the Camrose Link Road Scheme will unlock land for business and residential developments on the Camrose site and will advantage the operation of Brighton Hill roundabout.

Th authority also said the Camrose Link Road forms “a key component” of the proposed £20 million Brighton Hill improvements which would provide an alternative route between Western Way and the A30.

At today’s meeting Cllr Humby also approved plans for advanced enabling works at the Brighton Hill roundabout.