Residents of a Tyne Valley village are up in arms over a planning application for four new homes.

The plans would see four “high quality” homes built on land south of Centurion Way in Heddon-on-the-Wall.

The application has attracted 14 objections from local residents, who cited concerns over reduced light for homes on Centurion Way and increased traffic.

Furthermore, more than 80 people have signed a petition asking Northumberland County Council not to approve the plans.

Objector Henry Twizell said: “This development is being marketed as having beautiful long-range views.

“This is the very reason I chose to live in this village and feel aggrieved that this can be so easily disregarded and taken away.

Road safety needs to be a priority. There could be a possible 16 extra vehicles on a road not designed for the current amount of traffic and parking.

“I believe the majority of residents in this village would say no to the development. The proposed development is oversized and would spoil things for everyone.”

Miranda McCormack, who lives on nearby Station Road, saw a house built in front of her home and her view of the valley obscured.

She said: “In my opinion that application should not be passed because of the detrimental affect it will have on neighbouring properties. Nobody in the village is going to be able to afford these houses.

“In my experience there seems to be a complete lack of responsibility and respect for the welfare of existing residents.

“I am concerned that history will repeat itself in Centurion Way.”

A planning statement by applicants Pod said: “The site offers excellent opportunities for the creation of a distinctive residential community.

“As a key driver of design, the proposals will look to embrace and adapt to the beautiful long range views.”

It adds that vehicle access will be from Centurion Way, and all the houses will have garages and car parking spaces for four cars.

The location of the new homes will ensure that the impact on views of the existing properties on Centurion Way is minimised, while the buildings have flat roofs.

It is also noted that the site previously secured planning consent in 1989 for two large dwellings, and the design of the new homes will “enhance the architectural merit of the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall.”