Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, approved the plans and investment business case at his recent Decision Day
, subject to the outcome of separate planning applications relating to the site.
Cllr Humby said: “We continue to work with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council through the planning system to ensure that extra sports facilities are part of the planning agreement. We have no intention of progressing construction, other than some initial clearance, until planning permission is granted that would protect Sport England’s interests and ensure the sports facilities that the community want, will be built.”
In November 2019, Hampshire County Council submitted a planning application for the Camrose Link Road as the first phase to the Brighton Hill roundabout scheme. The new road which links between Western Way and A30 Winchester Road will assist traffic flows and improve the operation of the traffic signals at Brighton Hill roundabout. Sports England and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have raised an initial objection to the proposals whilst the full details for providing suitable alternative sports facilities for the Camrose football ground are being agreed.
Discussions are underway between all of the parties with the principal focus around the owner and developer of the Camrose Ground providing further improvements to the existing football facilities at Winklebury Football Complex and wider within the Basingstoke community. A decision on the developer planning application will be made by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council once an acceptable arrangement for replacement sports facilities has been agreed.
As part of investment in the local area, the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership has previously funded improvements including Winchester Road Roundabout (completed in 2017) and improvements to Thornycroft Roundabout
, which are currently under construction and due for completion during winter 2020/21.