BASINGSTOKE railway station could soon be recognised as one of the borough’s most significant buildings.

The station, which dates back to the mid-1800s, is set to be awarded a place on the local list of buildings of architectural or historic interest.

Other buildings on the list, which aims to preserve the heritage of Basingstoke and Deane, include the famous Eli Lilly “white building” in Kingsclere Road.

Referring to the railway station, Debbie Reavell, secretary of Basingstoke Heritage Society, said: “It is a very handsome building, and I think what they have done with the new frontage adds something nice to it as well.”

The list is kept by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and while being on it affords the building no protection from development, it is thought to add some weight to its future conservation.

Two other buildings have also been nominated for a place on the local list.

A stable block at Manor Farm, in Bloswood Lane, Whitchurch, has been put forward as has the Mount House, in Tubbs Lane, Highclere, due to its good architectural quality from the early 19th century.

The listing decision will be made by Councillor Rob Golding, Cabinet member for planning, transport and infrastructure.