A MEETING by housing developers has done nothing to allay fears about a proposed development of 45 houses, say residents.
Land off Townfield Lane in Farndon was allocated for housing under the Chester Local Plan in May, after a three-year battle by residents.
Residents fear the village infrastructure cannot sustain extra homes and the development may affect wildlife.
On Monday Redrow Homes, which owns the land, held an open meeting to show residents the type of housing they would like to build at the site.
The plans have not yet been submitted for planning permission.
Speaking on behalf of Townfield Lane residents, Alan Hyde said the presentation did not reassure them the houses will fit in.
He said: 'If this was a PR exercise it has not worked. In some ways it has made things worse because many of the questions we asked could not be answered to our satisfaction.
'We believe the designs do not fit in with the Chester City Council draft development brief for the site which says houses should be no more than two storeys high because most of the area is made up of bungalows.
'They say they have taken the style of housing from Farndon High Street, but we do not live on the High Street - it is going to stick out like a sore thumb.
'They also told us that the affordable housing would not all be put together in a ghetto, but on the plans it is all down one end of the field.'
Robin Buckley, senior planning manager for Redrow Homes, said: 'We are working closely with Chester City Council and welcome the opportunity to talk through our vision for the development with local people.
Literature accompanying the plans says: 'The design of buildings will reflect the local distinctiveness of Farndon, taking into account the architectural detail, types and patterns of housing found in the historic heart of the village.
'In addition to new housing, the development will incorporate a central area of public open space, including a play area for young children.
'Redrow will also undertake various measures to protect the local environment.
'These include preservation of existing mature hedges, significant new planting and retaining and managing land to the west of the site as a foraging habitat for barn owls and other wildlife.'