Council officers are recommending the approval of an application to convert the community-use land, where the Railway Pub was, into a temporary car park. The developer intends to later convert the site into housing.

The Development Committee will meet next Wednesday at Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council offices to approve or deny the planning application BDB/72549. The meeting is open to the public.

The application for the temporary car park had 31 objections raised against it by members of the public; there were 13 in favour.

In June, Nigel Adams, a new Conservative MP for Selby and Ainsty, was selected by a ballot in Parliament to bring forward legislation on a subject of his choice. He decided to use the opportunity to give local services such as pubs greater protection from demolition or change of use.

Mr Adams said: ‘For too long, community buildings have been able to be demolished despite the wishes of local people. It is crucial that we stand up for them.’

Separately, and also at the same development meeting, the committee will decide whether to issue permanent tree preservation orders on ancient Yew trees along Fairclose.