BASINGSTOKE has been dealt a major blow after plans to demolish the Camrose ground have been approved, but campaigners say that their fight to save it is not at an end. 

For years former chairman of Basingstoke Town Football Club Raffi Razzak and his company Basron have been trying to develop the football stadium site. 

In September 2020, he was refused permission by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for 85 dwellings and a 70-bedroom care home but following a planning appeal in March this year an inspector has given him the go-ahead. 

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The Camrose was the home of the football club for more than 70 years until it was evicted by Mr Razzak in 2019. It currently plays at the Winklebury Football Complex.

On Friday, planning inspector Dominic Young QC released his report which shockingly stated that both appeals were “allowed, and outline planning permission is granted”.

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  • PLUS: All the latest from Basingstoke Magistrates' Court
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  • Two pages of news from our communities
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