A detailed draft develop-ment brief for the former Gurkha Barracks site in Sandy Lane will be available for public inspection.

The document will include maps and diagrams of how the 193-acre site could look when finally redeveloped.

Bryant Homes bought the site last September for an undisclosed sum — the largest single land purchase it has ever undertaken.

The firm wants to build about 1,100 homes on 60 acres.

The energy efficient homes will make the most of the south-facing site and include solar heating.

About a quarter of the homes will be ‘affordable’ — probably let out by a housing association. There will also be a primary school, community centre, doctor’s surgery, sports pitches and shops.

The site will include underground waste and recycling storage, similar to that on the Elvetham Heath development. All public areas will have access for disabled people and there will also be homes for those with mobility problems.

Bryant has renamed the site Kukri Park after the traditional weapons used by Gurkha soldiers, who were based there for 30 years before relocating to Kent in September 2000.

Fleet’s long association with the legendary soldiers will be reflected in appropriate street names and a memorial orchard, where a tree has been planted for every Gurkha who died in active service while based at Fleet.

Cllr Stephen Parker, Hart cabinet member for planning, urged as many people as possible to study and comment on the draft development brief.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Hart to create an outstanding development, which will enhance the lives of those who live there,” he said.

“This document represents a chance for people to influence how the Queen Elizabeth Barracks site is developed.

“Until we have been able to consider local opinion we will not look at granting planning permission.”

People have until February 27 to comment on the plans.

Hart will then take these views into account when drawing up the final development brief. This will be used as the basis for negotiating with developers before planning approval.

Copies of the document can be viewed at Hart’s headquarters in Harlington Way, Fleet.

A detailed exhibition will be held at the former barracks site on January 30 and 31 from noon to 8pm and on February 1 from 10am to 2pm.

But the plans are set to get a rocky ride as English Nature has warned the mini-town scheme would ruin areas of outstanding ecological value and disturb rare and valuable birds, which are protected under EU laws.

However, Bryant says it will retain the Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation in the future development, which also takes into account its proximity to Bourley Wood special protection area for birds by restricting public access and dog walking in certain areas.

About 100 people braved heavy rain to attack the plan during a two-hour public meeting in Ewshot in October 2000.

The mini-town plan has also come under fire from Crondall Parish Council, which warns it would add to the strain on surrounding roads and ruin the green lung between Ewshot and Church Crookham.

Hart could approve a final version of the development brief in April.

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.