Developers interested in building new homes on the site of the Ham & Blackbird pub in Farnborough say they want to put local residents at the heart of their proposal, following criticisms of their methods.

Inland Homes announced intentions to redevelop the site in Farnborough Road into 62 apartments along with a commercial area for a café or bar and a community space.

The site will also contain one car parking space and one cycle space per property.

A public exhibition will be held on Saturday at St Peter’s Church Parish Hall, in Church Avenue, from 11.30am to 4pm, for residents to view plans.

The developer has cut down and trimmed parts of trees, which councillors believe is putting pedestrians and motorists at risk.

Rushmoor borough councillor Gareth Lyon accused Inland Homes of attempting to bypass planning rules as the desire to retain the trees cannot be used as grounds for refusing an application.

A spokesman for Inland Homes said it had legally undertaken the work, before adding this week: “A new community space will be a focal point for the new development and Inland Homes want the local community to provide their ideas on this exciting and flexible new space.

“In addition to the community space, the proposals will deliver much needed housing and extensive improvements to the local environment with the planting of new mature trees and landscaping on pedestrian routes.

“The community space will be further enhanced by a new civic space, providing an attractive and usable public open space for visitors and local residents.

"It’s important that any development gives something back to the local residents and this fantastic new community space will do that, we want to hear what local residents think it should be.”

Inland Homes is yet to submit a planning application and says it will allow residents to view and comment on plans before it applies to redevelop the site.

The pub was formerly owned by Whitbread however Siya Properties, owners of The Falcon Hotel in Farnborough, took over ownership in 2010.