The two-and-a-half day public inquiry into developers Berkeley Strategic Land's bid to build 260 homes on land off Hitches Lane in Fleet ended on Friday and a Government decision is likely shortly.

Hart is objecting on the grounds that the application is premature and that the land is not needed for the district to meet immediate Government targets. It is aiming to have its revised Local Plan approved by the autumn as well as the development at the former Gurkha camp at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Church Crookham.

But local objector Peter Jones said this week: "The most surprising statement to me was the developer's QC's comment that Hart was promoting the scheme via the current Local Plan -thereby intimating that there had already been adequate public consultation." Mr Jones said consultation had been inadequate and details of council plans for recreational facilities off Hitches Lane had not been available.