Campaigners against plans to build on Maesglas play area in Cardigan are now demanding a public inquiry.
Documents for an appeal by housing association Tai Ceredigion against Ceredigion planners non determination of a scheme to build nine homes on the green space were due to be with an Assembly planning inspector on Friday.
The inspector will make his decision later this summer.
But residents fear that even if the decision goes against Tai Ceredigion, there will be other schemes to build on the space which has been used by local families for 60 years.
"A public inquiry is the only way forward," said campaigner Gwyneth Morris. "At the moment we are just being fobbed off."
Campaigners are also keeping their fingers crossed for success in their bid to get the area village green status.
Recently residents of Maesyderi in Talybont won village green status for their playing field where Tai Ceredigion had planning permission to build four houses. Locals had used the field for 20 years.
"We seem to have a much stronger case than Talybont ," said Gwyneth.
However a village green case in Yorkshire, which had direct relevance to the Maesglas case was recently lost at the Supreme Court.
All relevant parties have been given to June 9 to submit any final relevant information on the Maesglas application before this will be submitted to a barrister to make a decision how to proceed next.