PROTESTERS have been given a ray of hope in their fight to stop two blocks of flats being built near their homes at Aldershot.

Seventeen residents wrote to Rushmoor Council protesting that the scheme, earmarked for an empty furniture warehouse in Brighton Road, would make their lives a misery.

Their objections to the construction of the 12 flats included a loss of privacy, increased traffic and parking problems, and restricted access for fire engines.

Council planning officers recommended that the scheme should be given the go-ahead, provided the applicant paid a £14,040 "sweetener" towards the provision of public open space.

They told the Development Control Committee that it would be of "considerable benefit" for the flats to replace the warehouse. But the committee delayed a decision until after a site visit.