Villagers are fighting plans for 75 new homes they claim will create traffic problems and spoil a local beauty spot.
More than 100 residents of Cottingham and Middleton attended a meeting to voice their concerns about the proposed development.
A planning application has been submitted to Corby Council by Kiff and Troke Partnership for up to 75 houses. The housing estate would back on to the Grade II listed Cottingham Hall and sit next to the Jurassic Way, a footpath with views across the Welland Valley.
Cottingham Parish Council chairman Owen Davison said: “This proposal is for a large-scale housing estate sited on a prominent, steep hillside that can be seen from miles around, so it would have a major impact on the character of both villages.
“Villagers are also concerned that our narrow roads simply could not cope with the increase in traffic.
“They’re overwhelmingly opposed to this application and we will do all we can to stop it happening.”
The parish councils have formed an action group to fight the proposal and have launched a petition.
More information on the protest campaign is available at www.cottinghamnews.co.uk.