RESIDENTS opposing plans to develop Basford Sidings have released their own artist's impressions of giant warehouses which will be built on the site.
They are convinced families living close by, as well as Crewe and Nantwich borough councillors, are oblivious to the effect the development would have on thousands of people.
Basford Sidings Residents' Protest Group spokeswoman Alison Tipping said: 'We have had an army of people going out in the community and people are shocked when they find out how huge these buildings would be. We genuinely think the councillors do not fully understand the scale of it.
'It is the height and size of the buildings we are objecting to. We do not have a problem with the land being developed.
'Each building will cover several acres of flat greenfield countryside with the largest covering the equivalent of seven football pitches.
'The height equates to a 10-storey block of flats. They are going to be very intrusive.
'They will be right at the back of some people's gardens.
'The council appear to have backed the plans but it would have a detrimental effect on thousands of people. I am sure better use could be made of the land.
'The A500 is a gateway into South Cheshire. It is going to be a huge blot on the landscape and it is not going to encourage tourists to stop here.'
The proposal from developer Prologis for the Basford East Sidings has already received outline planning permission from the borough council.
A proposal for development on the Basford West Sidings by Taylor Woodrow is still waiting the council's decision whether to grant outline planning permission.
Weston and Basford Parish Council chairman Gordon Cook is backing the residents' fight.
He said: 'Plans from Prologis show that they have put the highest warehouse, which is 25 metres high, next to the village and put the smaller ones at the back of the 170 square metres. The parish council believes both these developments are too high.'