A BLUEPRINT for plans to build a 1,100-home mini-town in Church Crookham was released this week.
The detailed draft development brief for the former Gurkha Barracks site in Sandy Lane includes diagrams of how the 193-acre site could look when finally redeveloped.
Bryant Homes bought the site last September for an undisclosed sum — the largest land purchase it has ever undertaken.
Hart Council has produced the blueprint, along with Bryant and its planning consultants Terence O’Rourke Ltd.
The development brief starts by saying the new mini-town should be “a place that the people of Fleet and Church Crookham, Crondall Parish and Ewshot can be proud of”.
The firm wants to build about 1,100 homes on 60 acres.
There will also be a crèche, primary school, community centre, church building, doctor’s surgery, sports pitches, small supermarket and up to eight shops such as a pharmacy, hairdressers and hot food takeaways.
Plans also include play areas for children aged four to eight and nine-14, and four local play areas for younger children.
The site will include three underground waste and recycling points, similar to those on the Elvetham Heath development to the north of Fleet.
All public areas will have disabled access and there will be homes for those with mobility problems.
The development will also feature a village green, an informal cricket pitch and a village square, which will be covered by CCTV cameras and contain shops with homes above.
Bryant has renamed the site Kukri Park in memory of the Gurkha soldiers, who were based at the site for 30 years until they relocated to Kent in September 2000.
Fleet’s long association with the legendary soldiers will also be reflected in appropriate street names and a memorial orchard, where a tree has been planted for every Gurkha who died in active service while based at Fleet.
One of the distinctive wooden barrack buildings has also been dismantled and transferred to a military museum.
Hart Council is urging as many people as possible to study and comment on the draft development brief.
Residents have until February 27 to comment on the plans.
Hart will then take these views into account when drawing up the final development brief, which will be used as the basis for negotiating with developers before planning approval.
Copies of the document can be viewed at Hart’s headquarters in Harlington Way, Fleet.
A detailed exhibition will be held at the former barracks site from noon-8pm on January 30 and 31 and on February 1 from 10am-2pm.
English Nature says the development could disturb rare and valuable birds while Crondall Parish Council has warned it would add to the strain on the existing roads and ruin the green lung between Ewshot and Church Crookham.
Hart could approve a final version of the development brief in April.
An outline planning application could be submitted by June, with building work possibly starting by next spring.
Building work would be likely to take up to five years.