Melton residents are up in arms over plans to build new homes on land south of The Mount, off Leicester Road.
A planning application seeks permission to build up to nine houses on a green space near Vulcan Close, off Victor Avenue, with a proposed access road off Victor Avenue.
As part of the proposals the play park would also be relocated.
But angry residents claim their children’s safety would be jeopardised and wildlife would be disturbed.
At the time of going to press the plans had received more than 40 online objections.
Mum-of-three Eleanor Boden, of Vulcan Close, said: “We bought our home last year and were told by Jelson that the land in this proposal could not be built on.
“Children use the space to play safely outdoors but this proposal will take this away.
“There are also badgers, foxes and rabbits living in the area so to build there would take away their habitat and if the play park is moved who will be responsible for the upkeep of the equipment?”
Mrs Boden claimed the new play park would be very close to the houses at the top of Vulcan Close, thus being visually intrusive and properties being overlooked.
Protestors have also raised concerns over an increase in traffic, parking, drainage, the loss of shrubbery and the impact on The Mount.
The applicant has carried out an ecology survey and submitted the results as part of the application. He says the park’s relocation ‘is to allow full development of the land while alleviating the current flooding problems’.
A petition against the plans is going round the neighbourhood and has so far got more than 50 signatures.
A Facebook page called Save Nature Area - Melton Mowbray has also been set up by residents and is providing regular updates for the community on the proposals.
The scheme will be decided at a Melton Council planning committee in due course.