AN EXHIBITION detailing plans to build a 1,100-home minitown on the former Gurkha barracks in Church Crookham is being held this week.

Residents can view the proposals at the site in Sandy Lane on Thursday and Friday from noon to 8pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Hart sent out more than 100 detailed development briefs about the minitown plan last week.

The blueprint includes diagrams of how the 193-acre site could look when finally redeveloped and has been sent to a number of organisations, including English Nature, the RSPB, the National Playing Fields Association and Thames Water.

Hart Council has also set up a special QE II Barracks working party, chaired by Norman Lambert and consisting of Deborah Moss, Stephen Parker, Sharyn Wheale, David Simpson, Michael Poulton and Peter Hutcheson.

Bryant Homes bought the site last September and has produced the blueprint along with its planning consultants Terence O’Rourke Ltd and Hart Council.

The firm wants to build the homes, as well as a crèche, primary school, children’s play areas, community centre, church building, doctors’ surgery, sports pitches, supermarket, shops and underground waste and recycling points.

There will also be a village green, an informal cricket pitch and a village square containing 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.

The development brief will be on show at the exhibition and copies can also be inspected at Hart’s headquarters in Harlington Way, Fleet.

Residents have until February 27 to comment on the planning blueprint.

The council will take these views into account when drawing up the final development brief, possibly in April.

It will then be used as the basis for negotiating with developers over planning permission.

An outline planning application could be submitted by June.

If permission is granted building work could start next spring and take up to five years.