MORE than 250 people have viewed plans to build a 1,100-home minitown on the former Gurkha barracks in Church Crookham.

Seventy-two people attended an exhibition at the Sandy Lane site on January 30, 80 went the next day and another 45 on the Saturday.

Hart Council extended the opening times of the exhibition as a number of people could not make it because of the bad weather.

A further 13 people went last Thursday, 20 attended on Friday and 25 on Saturday.

The council has also sent out more than 100 development briefs to interested parties.

The blueprint includes diagrams of how the 193-acre site could look when finally redeveloped.

Hart has also set up a working party of seven councillors.

Bryant Homes bought the site last September and wants to build the homes, as well as a crèche, primary school, children's play areas, community centre, church building, doctor's surgery, sports pitches, supermarket, shops and under-ground waste and recycling points.

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

Copies of the development brief can be inspected at Hart's headquarters in Harlington Way, Fleet.

Residents have until Feb-ruary 27 to comment on the planning blueprint.

An outline planning application could be submitted by June, with building work possibly starting by next spring.

Building work is likely to take up to five years.

The development blueprint has come under fire from Stan Knight, former chairman of Crookham Village Parish Council.

Mr Knight says there is a mistake on 22 of the 53 pages in the brief.

He points out that the camp was named Queen Elizabeth Barracks after the late Queen mother’s visit on June 21, 1948.

“Queen Elizabeth II Barracks does not exist and has never existed, so there is an error in about every page of the draft,” said Mr Knight.

“I trust that when the development brief is reprinted to take account of comments received, the developer takes the opportunity to correct the errors and that future correspondence should refer to Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

“This would then make some sense of the sentence under the heading ‘a place which respects the past whilst looking to the future’.”

l Pictured left, Giorgio Framalicicco, planning manager with visitors John and Janet Baker to the Hart Council planning guidance for the Queen Elizabeth ll Barracks development, Fleet.