More than 700 people have raised fears about the minitown plan following the publication of a draft development brief earlier in the year.

Bryant Homes wants to build 1,100 homes on the former Queen Elizabeth Barracks site in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham. It also plans to build a primary school, community centre, church building, doctor’s surgery and supermarket.

But residents say the plans would spell disaster for the area and now Hart Council looks set to delay adopting the development brief because of the objections.

Hart’s cabinet is being recommended to hold fire on adopting the building blueprint when it meets on Thursday.

A committee report states that transport issues have been the principal cause for concern among residents.

It also warns the council must be certain that the development will not have an adverse impact on the proposed Special Protection Area (pSPA) close by. The pSPA is covered by European legislation to protect rare birds which nest there.

A special QEB working party has been considering the development brief along with the developers and their agents.

The original development blueprint has now been amended in the light of public comments and now Hart looks set to publish the redraft for further consultation.

But campaigner Jenny Radley, who helped deliver more than 2,000 leaflets warning residents of the minitown plan and helped organise a public meeting about it, is worried that Bryant is already carrying out work on the site.

“Alarmingly, they are removing lizards and snakes from the green fields on the site to other areas,” she said.

“This is appalling because these are protected creatures. They appear to be fine, healthy specimens and certainly form an important link in the natural food cycle of this highly sensitive site.

“At this time there is no guarantee that Bryant will be granted full planning permission so they should not be interfering with these natural areas other than conducting a survey to record the species and numbers and condition of all the wildlife on this site as an environmental survey.

“This suggests that they cannot be trusted to conduct this survey on the site, mainly behind secure and closely guarded fencing.

“They may be interfering with creatures and altering the pattern of nature here to suit their ends.

“It is not until they publish their report on this survey that they can be challenged on their method and results by expert consultants.

“But by then it may well be too late to save the many protected species flourishing on this site.

“This survey should be independently monitored or stopped immediately. If Bryant are keen to maintain public relations this should not be a problem.”

Mrs Radley said campaigners had been working hard to investigate and find evidence to show the proposal is an over-development of the site.

She said other key issues have not yet been fully addressed. These include uncertainty about the extent of the Public Safety Zone relating to the true forecast for expansion of Farnborough Airfield, which may well preclude building across the central section of the minitown site.

There is also concern about local roads not being able to take the estimated 2,000-plus cars that will be generated by the new development and local services not being able to cope with the 3,000-plus new residents.

l About 500 people packed the Memorial Hall in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, for a public meeting into the minitown in February.

Many warned the development would result in extra traffic on the area’s already choked roads, a lack of medical facilities and extra pressure on local schools.