WELL-heeled residents on a Camberley estate are up in arms at proposals to build more homes on their doorstep.

They say that, when they moved into their £400,000 houses, there was no indication that the exclusive cul-de-sac might be expanded.

The occupiers of the four and five-bedroom detached homes in Ridgewood Drive are campaigning for the application to be thrown out. They have listed their objections in 87 protest letters and a 35-signature petition sent to Surrey Heath Council planners.

The protesters claim that their security, and the value of their 27 houses, would be threatened by the influx of more families.

They say that the estate's electronically operated entrance gate, which shuts them off from the outside world, would not be able to cope with the extra traffic.

Many of the protesters are also unhappy that a minimum of 25 per cent of the new homes would be for the less well off.

The land earmarked for the new homes is the Ridgewood Centre site owned by Surrey Hampshire Borders NHS Trust. Most of the buildings on the land, which were used by office staff at the nearby psychiatric unit, are now boarded up.

Initially the trust wanted to build 96 homes there, but was told by the council that this was unacceptable. Now it is applying for the green light to put an unspecified number of homes on the site.

Following Monday's meeting of the council's planning applications committee, it looks as though the trust may have won the day. Members gave the council's chief planning officer the all clear to approve the blueprint once certain conditions have been met.