Bryant Homes is pushing to build 1,100 homes on the former Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham.

But Bob Osborne, representing both Hart and Rushmoor branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and the Fleet and Crookham Civic Society, said this was a gross overdevelopment of the site.

Mr Osborne said he fully supported Hart councillor Stephen Parker’s decision to ditch development blueprints for a total of 450 more homes in Hitches Lane, Fleet, and Dilly Lane, Hartley Wintney.

But he warned: “However, if Cllr Parker had attended the two public meetings already held to raise objections to the gross overdevelopment plan-ned for the QE barracks, he would be aware he would be on very dangerous ground if he offers the QEB site to developers as a ‘sacrificial lamb’.

“While accepting that some development has to come on the QEB site, 1,100 houses are completely out of the question.

“Even 400-plus would be excessive on ecological, air safety, traffic, policing, medical, drainage and many other grounds, as Cllr Parker well knows from the public comments on the QE Barracks development brief.

“He would be well advised to attend any public meetings planned for the future if he, as a councillor representing the people of Hart, wishes to gauge the depth of feeling against such overdevelopment.”

About 500 people packed the Memorial Hall in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, for a public meeting into the Gurkha minitown in February.

The meeting was organised by mothers Jenny Radley and Soo James, who helped deliver more than 2,000 leaflets in the area warning residents of the controversial plan.

Many warned the development would result in extra traffic on the area’s already choked roads, a lack of medical facilities and extra pressure on local schools.

Bryant Homes bought the 193-acre site last September and hopes to build the homes, along with a primary school, community centre, church building, doctor’s surgery and supermarket.

If the application is successful, building work is expected to take up to five years.

Campaigners breathed a huge sigh of relief earlier this month when Hart’s influential cabinet decided development blueprints should not be drawn up for a 300-home estate planned for fields in Hitches Lane or a 150-home scheme in the countryside at Dilly Lane.

Cllr Parker, Hart’s cabinet member for planning, said the council no longer believed the two sites were needed to meet new government building targets as the QE Barracks minitown plan was pro-gressing well.

The news delighted Conservative councillor Mark Fullbrook, who represents Hartley Wintney.

“The cabinet decision is a major victory for local people,” he said.

“I am delighted that the council has sent this clear and unambiguous message to developers.

“As things currently stand, the council sees no reason why either Dilly Lane or Hitches Lane should be concreted over.

“The developers would be well advised to go and try to build elsewhere.”