A BEHIND-the-scenes wrangle threatens to derail Surrey Heath Council's latest multi-million pound plan to expand Camberley's town centre.

Councillors were due to meet in secret last night (Wednesday) to give the go-ahead to the blueprint for developing the west of Park Street site.

They thought they were on the verge of ending a 20-year wait to build shops and leisure facilities on the land, at present used as a car park.

But at the last minute the meeting was postponed because the council and the developers, Crest Nicholson, are still arguing over what should be built on the seven-acre site.

John Silvester, council planning director, said: "We still have to finalise negotiations and review the project plan, as well as having to reach agreement over the scheme content.

"For a scheme of this complexity it is important to work together to clarify details."

His comments will alarm the 6,000 local residents and businesses who took part in a consultation process last year.

The council decided to let the public have its say in a bid to avoid another outcry over its proposals for the site.

Weybridge-based Crest Nicholson - the latest in a long line of developers chosen by the council to handle the project - later published a blueprint which featured a leisure atrium with a multi-screen cinema, 10-pin bowling, restaurants and a health and fitness suite.

Twelve new shops, fronting on to Park Street, and 101 new flats were also included in the project.

Coun. Melanie Longdon, whose ward includes the site, said on Monday that she was certain residents would be concerned that the scheme might be altered.

"I would urge them to take a close look at the plan when it is finally published, and consider what the implications are for them," she added.