Plans to build nearly 50 homes next to a cemetery in a Mearns village have been lodged.
Developers GS Brown want to build a total of 49 houses at Kirktown of Fetteresso, near Stonehaven.
But locals have raised concerns about the safety of the proposed new road junctions that would be created if the scheme goes ahead, as well as the potential for flooding.
The houses would be built next to Fetteresso Cemetery, on a strip of land allocated for up to 49 homes in the local development plan.
Local resident John Godsman, who has lodged an objection with Aberdeenshire Council about the proposals, said many people were concerned about the impact the development would have on road safety.
Mr Godsman, of East Lodge, Kirktown of Fetteresso, said: “I have objected to the plans because I am concerned about the road access and the impact that the houses could have on the hill.
“A lot of people are worried about road safety as there will be two junctions onto a busy road.
“I have had two cars land up in my garden in recent years and I do not think this will help.”
He added the additional water flow to the Cheyne Burn and River Carron could have an impact on nearby Stonehaven, which sits lower than Fetteresso.
A report from the public consultation, prepared by GS Brown’s agents JFS Architects, says steps have been taken to address some of the concerns raised.
It states: “The road layout, comprising two new junctions onto Broomhill Road, reduces the amount of traffic movement past each dwelling by avoiding the need to enter and exit the development from the same point.”
Last year, GS Brown caused a stir by erecting a sign that advertised the homes before the public consultation had been completed.
Nobody from the developers was available for comment last night.