Residents and community leaders have voiced their opposition to plans for a new housing development on open ground at the heart of a West Norfolk village.
Developers maintain that around half the field around the Ingoldisthorpe pond will remain available for public access even if their initial proposals are approved.
But members of the village’s parish council voted to oppose the application, submitted by Ben Marten, at its latest meeting on Wednesday.
Its chairman James Wilson said yesterday: “The field has always been a central focus of the village.
“It’s an open space in the middle of the village and most people think it would be a shame to see it developed.”
The application seeks outline permission to build homes in the field, which is currently used as open pasture land, around the pond.
Documents submitted to West Norfolk Council as part of the planning application, suggested that 12 homes would be the “optimum” number for the site.
The development would also allow for a new access road, linking the homes to Hill Road and Lynn Road, to be built.
And the report added: “The proposals include for public access and use of half of the site, focused around an existing pond that provides a wetland feature supporting a vareity of local wildlife and plants.
“It is intended that this will provide an enhanced, attractive setting for local members of the public.”
A play area containing “natural” play features, such as stepping stones and logs is also planned.
But critics are concerned about the potential impact of the proposals on traffic levels, residential amenity and flood risks.
Mr Wilson said the parish council’s objections reflected the views of residents who had attended the latest meeting.
Borough councillor Ian Devereux, whose Snettisham ward includes Ingoldisthorpe, also attended the parish meeting.
He said he had offered to represent villagers’ views if the application goes before the authority’s planning committee.
Planning officers have indicated they aim to reach a decision on the matter by early September.