Residents have raised concerns that their traditional village atmosphere would be destroyed by plans for 62 houses on land west of the village, behind the cricket ground.
Colin Waite, a founding member of the Killinghall Village Protection group said this was the biggest development the village has faced since before the Second World War.
He said: “The plans would take the last bit of green land surrounding the village.
“We don’t have a shop or a post office and the village school wouldn’t be able to cope, so the plans aren’t sustainable.”
He added: “We want to keep our village atmosphere, we don’t want to become just a commuter village for Harrogate.”
Property consultants Carter Jonas has applied to Harrogate Borough Council’s planning department for outline planning permission for a residential development on 3.52 hectares of land.
The plans also include proposals to provide car parking for the adjacent cricket ground, which developers claim would alleviate parking issues on match days.
Mr Waite said: “The green planning signs have just gone up around the village and to be honest, they have got people confused.
“We have just prepared our response to the local development framework draft plan in which we objected to houses being built on the site.
“What really irritates us is that we thought the council made it clear that developers should wait. We feel the plans are hurried.
“This is a classic case of them trying to get in before plans are decided on.”
He added:“To have the junction off Cautley Drive is a mistake, it is too close to the junction of the B6161 and the A61 which is already congested at peak times.”
One Killinghall resident called the plans “an accident waiting to happen” in a letter sent to the council’s planning department.
The resident wrote: “Cautley Drive residents already know it can be a dangerous moment especially turning into the drive with traffic lined up behind you coming off Ripon Road.”
In the planning statement submitted to the council, Carter Jonas said: “Traffic and the impact of the proposal upon the operation of Otley Road and Ripon Road was a significant concern for the majority of the respondents. Whilst we appreciate residents’ concerns regarding traffic we have to be guided by the technical expertise of our highway consultants. The Transport Statement concludes that the road network can accommodate the proposal.”