Councillors in Cornwall had to face angry protestors today as they arrived for a meeting.
Demonstrators fear a glut of housing developments could dramatically alter and harm the county.
It comes with the council under pressure from the Government to build more than 54,000 new homes in the next ten years.
People living in Ashton, between Penzance and Helston, fear their peace could be shattered by developments which could double the size of the village.
There are around 110 houses in Ashton at present. That could increase by another 100 if plans are approved.
David Woodman has lived in the village for just over six years.
Cornwall Council leader Julian German and cabinet member for housing Andrew Mitchell both came out and spoke to the protesters.
Councillor Andrew Long, deputy leader for Mebyon Kernow, said the protest was "excellent".