Residents of a Dundee cul-de-sac are at war over plans to build a house on what has always been considered public land.
The green space at Gotterstone Drive houses a lamp-post, mailbox and bin and is where generations of youngsters have enjoyed a kick-about.
Most residents have deeds claiming it as public space and many bought homes there because of the open outlook it affords.
Now, however, that could change after a neighbour came forward with a land ownership certificate and plans to build a house.
Council planning officers have recommended that the proposal be approved and have infuriated objectors with their comments.
In a report to councillors, which will be considered at a meeting of the city’s Development Management Committee on Monday, they reject every one of the objectors’ concerns.
They dismiss the importance of the land, saying that it “is not considered to be of a high value to the cul-de-sac”.
Despite the deeds of homeowners they report that the site “is not designated as open space in the Dundee Local Development Plan”
Angering residents further, planning officers suggest that if children wish to play they should cross the busy Arbroath Road and make use of Dawson Park instead.
One objector, Laura Black, told The Courier: “Our deeds say that this is public open space.
“I would not have bought this house had I known that the land right in front could have been built upon.
“We believe that the council has clearly made a serious mistake somewhere along the line.
“There are little areas of grass like this all over Gotterstone where the kids play and enjoy a game of football after school.
“I can’t believe the arguments that the council planners have put forward. Would you send your children across the Arbroath Road to play?”
Another resident, who asked not to be named, added: “This is horrendous. It has always been public space where the children have played.
“If it is not, then why has the council been cutting the grass all these years?”
Objectors intend to speak at Monday’s meeting, when it is understood that local elected members may also raise concerns.
The applicant, Mr John Brady, is also likely to speak in support of his application. He was unavailable for comment.