Plans to build 16 flats for the elderly on the site of the Elizabethan pub face opposition from Berwick Town Council.
Four Housing, the parent group of Berwick Borough Housing, has submitted an application to demolish the pub to make way for the new two-bedroom homes.
However, town councillors have expressed concerns about the impact of the development on parking congestion in nearby Westfield Road.
Planning committee members also feel it is an over-development of the site and could impact on the privacy of local residents.
Coun Tom Forrester said: “The design doesn’t fit in with anything else on North Road other than Aldi.
“I am also surprised to see a two-storey building is now proposed. if you are going to build flats for the elderly, surely the last thing they want is to be climbing a flight of stairs before they get home.”
Coun Ivor Dixon added: “The parking around there is pretty abysmal, especially when there is a funeral on, and this could make it worse.”
Coun Alan Turnbull objected to the scale of the development and felt there should be more single bedroom units.
He was also worried that Four Housing’s plans showed little room for communal space.
“It would look bad if people ended up hanging their washing on their balconies,” he said. “A reduction in the number of properties would create more space.”
However, Coun Phil Elliott said he had approached 37 local residents and none had objected to the plans.
“There is a need for this type of housing and the Elizabethan is an eyesore,” he said.
“Parking is a problem but the developer is providing 16 spaces for 16 flats. The fact that congestion is bad when there is a funeral on should not be a consideration for the developer.
“I do feel these plans must go out to public consultation,” he added. “The current plans were not available at the last public meeting.”
Westfield Road resident, Freda Hamilton, also voiced her concerns about parking and loss of privacy and likened the development to a Spanish villa.
“It’s almost impossible to get parked in Westfield Road already,” she said. “When there are funerals on, people are able to park at the Elizabethan at the moment but when that option is gone, it’s going to create even more congestion.”
She continued: “Eric Pickles is encouraging councils to build one bedroom bungalows for people in social housing to free up family accommodation. With this scheme, elderly people would still have an extra bedroom tax to pay.”
Town councillors voted 3-1 to lodge an objection to the scheme. A final decision will be made by Northumberland County Council.