Fears have been raised about plans to build new council houses on a recreation ground in Cramlington.
Northumberland County Council is looking to submit a plan to build 26 properties on the land behind Scott Avenue in Nelson Village.
But residents and local councillors have hit out at the proposals, which they say are too close to existing homes and a recreational area.
Coun Barry Flux said: “I have several reservations about what the county council are proposing. The site is a recreation ground which local people use and the houses seem to be too close to existing properties in Scott Avenue.
“Residents have suggested this land was gifted to Nelson Village by the miners’ welfare. If this is the case I think the county council need to consider withdrawing this proposal and leaving this land for the good of the community.”
A public consultation event is being held on Tuesday, February 24, at the Community Centre on Nelson Avenue, between 2.30pm and 6.30pm.
A planning application is expected to be submitted next month, with a view to work beginning on site in the summer, if it is agreed.