PROTESTERS who have lost their fight to prevent 42 flats being built on a former preparatory school site at Camberley have vowed to fight on against the detailed scheme when it is submitted.

They claimed that the former headmaster, Mr Roger Burt, was trying to squeeze too many homes on to the St Catherine's School land. Objectors also said that the scheme would cause traffic problems in Park Road and hit the value of their properties. But their protests were dismissed by Surrey Heath Council planning applications committee, who gave the outline scheme the green light on condition that the developer agreed to pay £14,000 for highway improvements. Back in 1990 the Kingsclear Old People's Home which owned the school site went into liquidation and applied for planning permission to build nine executive homes. Mr Burt ran a "save the school" campaign and the application was turned down by Surrey Heath. Several years later Mr Burt bought the school's freehold and in 1998 a new classroom block was built -this will also be demolished under the flats plan. The school closed last summer.

Local resident Mr Peter Cronk of Garfield Road said local residents believed that the access site was extremely dangerous.