THE MP for Basingstoke is continuing to support protesters campaigning to save the Camrose stadium after they called for the inquiry to be reviewed.

As previously reported, permission was granted in May to build 85 dwellings and a 70-bedroom care home on the site.

The former chairman of Basingstoke Town Football Club Raffi Razzak and his company Basron Developments Ltd lodged appeals against a decision by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s development control committee to reject his planning applications.

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A government inspector conducted an inquiry into the planning decisions and granted approval for both schemes.

As previously reported David Graham, who lives in Basingstoke, is just one of the dedicated football fans who has been tirelessly protesting to save the stadium. He formed a group with several others and with the help of the MP for Basingstoke Maria Miller they have submitted a complaint to the Attorney General claiming the hearing was “unfair, inaccurate and contradictory”.

As it stands the club is currently playing at the Winklebury Football Complex and protester Steve Frangou has raised concerns about future developments of the ground.

Since then, in a letter seen by the Gazette, Ms Miller has written to Russell O’Keeffe the chief executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to raise concerns about the Winklebury football complex.

In the letter, she said: “I am writing on behalf of my constituency, Mr Frangou, regarding Basingstoke FC and its move from the Camrose to Winklebury.

“Mr Frangou recently attended a constituency surgery and expressed his concern that the Winklebury site facilities will not be comparable to those at the Camrose Ground.

"Moreover, my constituent is concerned that the Winklebury Ground will not have the capacity to be developed in the future, which may lead to Basingstoke Town FC league locked.”

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David Graham added: “The highest it [Winklebury Football Complex] can be upgraded to is level three. This would require a clubhouse and other stands to be built. The maximum capacity would then be 1,900.

"It is not possible to upgrade HFA Winklebury beyond this level.

"This means that the football club are league locked. They cannot get promoted above level three and not back to where they were in 2015/16. At that stage they would have to ground share out of town."

The campaign group is waiting for a reply from BDBC’s Russell O'Keefe.

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