A date has been set for a public inquiry to have land in Cramlington declared as a village green.
Community group Cramlington SOS (Save Our Space), have been campaigning for the status to be approved for the land north of Station Road.
A public inquiry into the proposals will now be heard in December.
In July the News Post Leader reported how Northumberland County Council had reviewed the application and forwarded it to the council’s deputy chief executive.
A report recommended that steps be taken to arrange a non-statutory public inquiry and to appoint an independent inspector to examine the issues with a view to making a recommendation as to whether the land should be registered as a village green.
Since then the council’s legal service arrangeed the public inquiry and appointed an independent inspector.
The hearing is set to start on December 16 at Hepscott Hall in Morpeth and is expected to last five days .
The inquiry will be chaired by Alan Evans, of Kings Chambers in Manchester.
Northumberland county councillor Barry Flux said: “The decision at this inquiry will have a huge impact on the future of Cramlington so I am glad that a date for the public inquiry brings a decision on this land a step closer.
“Cramlington SOS has made a robust case for this land to be classified as a village green and I am sure this strong argument will be presented at the inquiry.”