A campaigner has spoken of his dismay over Dundee FC’s proposed stadium move.
Captain James Crawford, chair of The Friends of Camperdown House group, is “horrified” by the extent of the club’s proposed plans.
While any future development is at an early stage, Captain Crawford worries Camperdown Park itself could be affected.
His concerns come after a Dundee City Council report warned Camperdown House may be significantly impacted.
The Courier revealed the Dark Blues have a new crematorium and hotel in their sights if a new stadium on land near Camperdown Park is built.
A housing development and an extension to Dundee Ice Arena are also being considered.
Designs drawn up by city architects Leadingham Jameson Rogers and Hynd reveal the club’s board hope to install a bridge to connect a 100-room hotel to the proposed 15,000-seat stadium.
A club museum, as well as bars and restaurants, are also being considered, along with a club shop, gym and creche facilities.
However, days after a council reported warned of a potentially “significant environmental effect”, Captain Crawford has warned The Friends of Camperdown House will not allow the historic building or Camperdown Park itself to be negatively impacted.
He told The Courier: “We’re horrified by the extent of it.
“We supported the idea of a football pitch and training facilities but when you start building homes and other things it’s a different ball game altogether.
“We will fight against this as much as we can. We’re very distressed by it as a group.”
Captain Crawford fears any funds gained from the proposed development will not go back into either Camperdown Park or Camperdown House itself.
He said: “I don’t think any money will be ploughed back into Camperdown House.
“Camperdown House is completely empty and has been for many years.
“The council has to try and do something rather than leave it in dust sheets. I find it really bad that this is happening.”
Much of the proposed build is taking place on land already owned by Dundee directors Tim Keyes and John Nelms
But, according to a screening report sent to project architects Leadingham Jameson Rogers and Hynd, a number of “significant” impacts on the nearby area may transpire.
An impact on “cultural heritage”, in particular the nearby Camperown House, is recognised by the report.
An effect on nearby roads and transport is also noted and ecological and air quality impacts are recognised by the council.
The council cannot comment on a planning application but addressed Captain Crawford’s concerns over Camperdown House.
A spokesperson said: “According to the proposal document, published earlier this year, the Tay Cities Hospitality Centre for Excellence will significantly help achieve the ambition to be a world class tourism destination by ensuring the area has a workforce, trained to the standards required by the industry which addresses current skills shortages.
“Alongside this there is also an option to refurbish Camperdown House as a commercial hospitality venue to provide a live training environment.”