Plans to demolish an ancient former pub have been branded a “shame”.
The Lamb Inn on Hackwood Road looks set to be knocked down and replaced by homes.
The pub has been derelict for the past three years and Basingstoke Heritage Society had wanted it protected.
“It’s a shame really,” said Debbie Reavell, secretary of the heritage society.
“I think the officers are minded to development really, there’s been a damming report on the state of the building but having said that, the heritage society nominated it for the council’s local list [of buildings to be preserved] at the end of September 2015 and sadly, the council’s scheme to protect buildings or structures of historical or architectural interest… nothing happened about that.”
It lies within the Fairfields Conservation area and the heritage society has also expressed concerns about air raid shelters in the back garden along with density issues from the proposed new housing.
Landmark Estates wish to replace it with five apartments, a maisonette and four semi-detached houses.
Borough councillor Gavin James, whose Eastrop ward includes the Lamb Inn, said it “was tragic to lose an old building like that”.
“I’m not concerned about the loss of another pub because we’ve got plenty of them, it’s a shame to see a traditional old building disappearing,” he said.
“Whatever they do, it’s got to respect the heritage of the area, it needs to look like it’s supposed to be there… so it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.”
Cllr James added that most residents had resigned themselves to the fact that it will no longer be a pub.
The application is due to be discussed at a borough council meeting tonight.