Fears have been voiced that plans for 175 homes to be built on pasture land would effectiely merge Melton with Burton Lazars and cause traffic congestion on an already busy route into the town.
Davidsons Developments has submitted plans to Melton Council to carry out the scheme on a site bordered by Burton Road and Kirby Lane.
The outline development, which would be accessed by a new roundabout on Burton Road, includes public open space and landscaping.
Steve and Rachel Jackson, of Kirby Lane, are concerned about the impact of the extra traffic generated.
Mrs Jackson added: “This area is not only prime agricultural land but it also creates the natural boundary and ‘town envelope’ between Melton and Burton Lazars.”
Members of Burton and Dalby Parish Council have yet to discuss the scheme but clerk Stephen Johnson said: “Over the last few years the parish council has been fighting to maintain an area of separation between Burton Lazars and Melton Mowbray.”
Plans submitted by the developers point out there will be no traffic issues as a result of the new properties because four existing nearby junctions would continue to run with spare capacity.
The applicant also states there is currently a relatively low flow of vehicles at peak times, according to survey data obtained by Leicestershire County Council.
The detailed plans can be viewed online at www.melton.gov.uk/viewplans (reference: 15/00127/OUT) and comments or objections must be made by Wednesday.