Residents fear a country lane in a small Cotswold market town could become “dangerous” if 67 homes are approved next week.
Gloucestershire County Council, the applicant, wants to build the new estate on the edge of Moreton-in-Marsh in the Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) district.
The site, known locally as ‘the Polo Field’, runs along narrow Evenlone Road which “few households have off-road parking”.
Fifty residents have objected to the planned homes, with many arguing Evenlone Road will “simply not cope”.
A planning officers at Cotswold District Council said “at times there are more cars to be parked than there are spaces available,” and any more vehicles from the 67 homes will “only compound the problem”.
But the officer added the application should be accepted on condition the county council improves access and facilitates the extra vehicles using Evenlone Road if the 67 homes goes ahead.
In a letter to the district council, one resident said the road is “already a nightmare”.
They said: “Access to the A44 from Evenlode Road is already a nightmare as resident parking make this a single track road. Add in gritters, bin lorries, and school pick up points.
“A further 67 houses will produce at least 67 more cars, more likely 134 as most households have two cars.
“How will the big lorries bringing building materials reach the site and then on an ongoing basis there will be delivery and parcel lorries. The current road situation will simply not cope.
Requesting councillors approve the estate next week, the county council’s highways department said “there are no highways or transport related reasons to object to this application”.
Another member of the public said the Evenlode Road is “effectively a single-carriageway” as drivers park along both sides.
They said: “The sole access to this development is via Evenlode Road, this is effectively a single carriageway road, particularly between the site and Moreton Town Centre.
“There is already a lot traffic, and the congestion, will be appalling during construction, and very much heavier than currently when completed.”
Thames Water, which handles the Cotswolds’ water network, is concerned the development may lead to sewage flooding and “network reinforcement works” would have to take place.
One resident asked whether the people “who buy these houses want the ‘smell’ from the sewage beds’ which can be quite strong in the summer?”
Councillors on Cotswold District Council’s planning committee will consider the application on June 23, from 9.30am.