PEOPLE in Longwood are facing an almost exact re-run of a planning battle they thought they had won this time last year.
Last December residents in the Prospect Road area of Longwood succeeded in stopping 15 homes being built on a greenfield site next to a children's playground.
The planning application was rejected, but the dismayed residents were faced with a similar application by the same company again this December.
In an uncanny episode of deja vu, the residents are battling the plans again and have put in 38 letters of objection.
Resident Nigel Aynsley said: "The mood against the proposal was strong last time, but I think it is even stronger this time."
He said Longwood was being overdeveloped with just about every green space falling to the house builders.
Planning permission has already been given to develop the nearby Parkwood Mills site into flats and houses.
Other smaller spaces have also disappeared in recent times.
"People seem absolutely determined to keep this last open space - one of very few we have left," added Mr Aynsley.
His wife, Madelaine, added that the company which has put the application forward, Sheffield-based Coda Studios Ltd, had cut the proposal down to 13 homes and made slight changes to the access to the site - but it was still next to the playground.
Longwood mums Donna Mitchell and Amanda Hawrot had led a three-year campaign to upgrade the recreation ground.
They raised £18,000 towards the £75,000 scheme through donations and fun events.
The revamped playground opened in August 2004.
Mrs Aynsley said: "With 13 houses on the site there will be 26 cars coming and going as most homes have two cars these days.
"With the access so close to the playground the homes plan would be a disaster waiting to happen."
She said Longwood was already overdeveloped with schools and GP surgeries now full.
"Green spaces are going here all the time," she said. "Now there's hardly anything left.
"Getting the application again is just like Groundhog Day."
Kirklees Council planning officer Emma Thompson said: "We are waiting for comments from Kirklees Highways on this proposal.
"But we will be unsupportive of any development on a greenfield site unless there are very special circumstances."
The decision is expected before the middle of February.
No-one from Coda Studios Ltd wanted to comment at this stage.