Basket
×

Your basket

Join The FSA

© Basingstoke Town FC

Basingstoke Town fans secure protections for the Camrose ground

Earlier this month Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council agreed to list Basingstoke Town FC’s former home, the Camrose Stadium, as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), becoming the latest in a long list of football grounds that have received this protection.

An ACV is a “Community Right to Bid” and is part of a set of powers giving communities more control over what happens in their area and the important local amenities of value to them.

Rights are contained within the Localism Act 2011 which devolves power from government to communities, local authorities and individuals.

As we have reported on previously, the freehold of the club’s former home was bought by former chairman Razi Razzak in 2017, hoping to develop it for housing. Subsequent planning permission applications were refused, and the ground has sat empty while the club has effectively been homeless since the start of the 2019-20 season.

The ACV designation means that if Razzak wishes to sell the land, he must inform the council of his intention which gives the opportunity for the community, in this case the football club, six months to raise funds and prepare a bid.

Speaking to the Basingstoke Gazette Basingstoke Town chair Kevin White said: “It is good news. It hopefully shows that the council see the Camrose as an important asset to the town and the community.

“We need a long term home and ideally that is the Camrose. This is a massive step forward.

“It makes it incredibly difficult for developer (to do anything). That makes it a much less attractive plot of land – so open communication back up with us and we will see what we can do”.

Related Articles

Fans secure legal protections for Vale Park

Port Vale’s stadium has become the latest in a list of dozens of football grounds listed as an ‘asset of community value’ (ACV) after an application from FSA affiliates the Port Vale Supporters’ Club (PVSC). 

Hope for Basingstoke in their quest to return to the town

It’s not unusual for clubs to groundshare at non-league level. While each set of circumstances is unique, it is always distressing when a club is torn away from its local community and left with no option to play away from their traditional home. 

Billericay Town’s New Lodge ground registered as ACV

New Lodge, home to Billericay Town has been added to the long list of sports grounds registered as an Asset of Community Value.

Crewe Alex fans hit fundraising target to secure stake in the club

Crewe Alexandra supporters are celebrating after raising £250,000 in three months – enough to secure a stake in the club.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe