Angry residents have begun a battle to stop a housing development from ‘destroying’ their village.
People living in New Hartley have reacted with anger and shock to plans to build 286 new houses on an 11.41-hectare site to the north of the village.
Barrett Homes have put a planning application in to Northumberland County Council for the development.
The proposals are for a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes and associated parking, with 429 spaces planned, and landscaping.
But residents have hit out at the plans and say they will step up their fight to stop the development.
And villagers have been backed by three parish councillors Susan Dungworth, Karen Collier and Barbara Swinhoe.
Dozens of residents gathered in the village with a banner declaring their opposition to the plans, which they say will destroy the village and make life a misery for those already living there.
They say the village will increase by as much as 45 per cent, which will put a strain on local services, roads and school, as well as having a negative impact on the community.
Resident Jeremy Hayes said: “New Hartley has very few services and less than 850 houses.
“The proposed development could see its population increase by as much as 45 per cent.
“With the growing trend of modern households to have at least two vehicles, villagers are further worried about the dangers posed by so many additional cars using the single and inadequate road, passing through New Hartley.
“On one stretch, large vehicles have to mount the pavement in order to pass each other.
“Because there is no local employment, it is believed that new residents, working in Newcastle or North Tyneside, would also dangerously increase traffic through neighbouring villages such as Holywell and Seghill.
“Many New Hartley residents have already voiced concern about dangers to children crossing the road to get to school.”
He added: “There would also be a negative impact on neighbouring communities.
“New Hartley has a single shop, a post office, a pub and club but no doctor or dentist.”
Consultation on the proposals is due to end next month.