Plans have been approved for 14 new houses in Arbroath despite concerns over parking.
Councillors on the development standards committee were told around 10% of the Bloomfield Road park will be lost as a result of the development.
However, a new play park will be built to mitigate the loss of land at the site which measures around 1.56 hectares.
Muirfield Place resident Stella Philip told the committee locals lost 28 parking spaces after former lock-up garages were removed.
She said the area has many cars parked in the street and the development would impact on safe parking availability in the area.
“There is a huge parking problem,” she said.
“It is heavily congested and there are real concerns for us about safety.
“The area has many cars parked in the street after the garages were taken back from the residents.
“Adding additional traffic to the area increases safety risks and access for emergency vehicles. These houses will have a negative visual impact on the local area.
“They do not fit in with the style of housing and there will be an increase in noise in what is currently a very quiet, settled and predominantly aged community.
“Mature trees will be felled and a large area of natural beauty and open space will be lost if building on the play park takes place.”
The development will consist of 14 new properties containing a mixture of flatted dwellings and houses.
Planning chief Kate Cowey said: “A new equipped play facility and cycle route would be provided in the park.
“The existing pedestrian connections to Muirton Road at the north of the site would be enhanced with a public art gateway feature.
“Twenty eight car parking spaces would be provided to the front of the proposed housing.”
Arbroath West and Letham SNP councillor Alex King said: “There is a desperate need for good quality rental accommodation for this area in Arbroath.
“I support this 100%.”
Brechin and Edzell SNP councillor Kenny Braes said: “There is a huge need for decent quality affordable housing and this has to be our priority.”
Arbroath West and Letham Conservative David Lumgair also gave the project his backing.
However, Arbroath West and Letham Lib Dem Richard Moore voiced his dissent.
He said: “I’m not content this is the right development.”
He voted against the plans but the application was passed.