PROTESTERS have finally lost their battle to stop homes being built in an Aldershot conservation area.

Rushmoor Council planners ended the long running saga last week by giving the green light for 124 homes to be built at Manor Park. The revised blueprint, submitted by developers Barratt Southern Counties, followed a public inquiry.

Planners were told that the sole reason why the inquiry inspector threw out the original plan was on the grounds of design.

"The applicant has addressed the inspector's comments in full," the report continued. "Every single house type has been reconsidered and totally revised to specifically address the detailed criticisms."

Two blocks of flats have been deleted from the scheme, and the remaining four blocks are now much less intrusive.

The green light is a blow to residents who mounted a fierce campaign to prevent the 6.4-acre site off Church Lane East from being developed. Aldershot Manor Park Lobby for the Environment (AMPLE) led the campaign.

Picture: Ironic graffiti which appeared along one side of the old technical college site at Aldershot.