NEIGHBOURS have given a mixed reaction to plans for 250 homes on their doorstep.
Tees Valley Housing wants to build the new community on a field off Station Road, West Rainton.
The firm says it would include spacious and contemporary bungalows and family houses, with 200 for sale and 50 for rent.
Plans for new community facilities and office space are also under discussion by the company.
Tees Valley says improvements will be made to the nearby A690 junction to smooth the flow of traffic in and out of the village.
An outline application will be submitted to Durham County Council next month.
Scores of people living nearby have been looking at the plans, in Jubilee Hall, South Street, in the village, at a consultation event.
However, some have already said they oppose the proposals, citing potential traffic problems as a big concern.
Bernadette Browne owns three properties in Station Road and has already said she will object to the firm’s plans.
“I am really against this because I feel it will devalue my properties,” she said.
“That’s one thing, but I am also concerned about the road system that will be used.
“There have been a few applications to build there prior to this, but they have always been turned down so hopefully this will be too. We are very concerned.”
One West Rainton woman who came to the consultation, but did not want to be named, said: “I think it will be good for the village.
“It will bring more families in whose children will be able to use the school.
“I can understand why some people living here don’t want it, but it won’t affect me that much.”
A man who has lived in the village for 15 years said: “It’s a brilliant idea.
“There are concerns over what will happen with the road junction with the A690 but this should improve it.
“It will keep people employed as well, particularly in the building trade, so I’m all for it.”
Should permission be granted, work could start as early as summer 2014, with the first homes completed by late 2015.