A decision on the "garden village" plans for Drake Park in Walton is expected soon, with the government having delayed its decision until after the local elections.

Developer Bonnar Allan lodged an appeal in November 2017 with the planning inspectorate after Elmbridge borough councillors unanimously rejected proposals in May.

A public inquiry was held, and a decision was planned for before May 3, but secretaries of state do not usually issue decisions during election periods, so the decision was delayed.

Plans included 1,024 homes, half of them "affordable", on 147 acres of green belt land east of Molesey Road and south of Field Common Lane, as well as a primary school, doctor's surgery, dentist's, supermarket and offices.

Mick Flannagan, who lives in nearby Rydens Road, said: "I think we residents are very fearful that the decision will go against us, which would be a travesty.

"The former secretary of state Sajid Javid made these wild pronouncements about Nimbys and baby boomers. He's set these incredible housing targets. In that sense we are pessimistic."

The application attracted more than 1,000 letters of objection, and just 41 of support.

Mr Flannagan said: "It shouldn't be overlooked that it was a unanimous decision. Upholding the appeal would chuck local democracy out of the window."

Bonnar Homes managing director Nigel Rankine said: “We look forward to the Drake Park appeal decision because we are confident that our application is in keeping with government policy and we have always wished and still do wish to make a positive contribution to the Elmbridge community and its strategy for meeting local housing need.”