CONTROVERSIAL plans for the building of thousands of new homes in the Hampshire countryside were displayed at a public consultation yesterday.

Up to 2000 new homes could now be built at Barton Farm after Winchester council chiefs paved the way for development on the greenfield site.

Less than 24 hours after council’s decision developers Cala Homes invited local residents to St Barnabus Church in Weeke to view draft proposals for the site north of the city.

Dozens of people attended the consultation to inspect large colourful posters detailing proposed schools, retail centres, recreational facilities and housing options.

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