An MP has waded in to ensure an eyesore office block will be redeveloped despite efforts to get the concrete structure listed.

Developers were ready to redevelop the former Powergen building , in Shirley, Solihull, which has been derelict for 20 years, until an application was made to Historic England for the building to be listed.

Now councillors, residents and Solihull MP Julian Knight have hit out at a petition to save the building, which was designed by city architect John Madin.

Robert Birch, boss of developers Shirley Advance warned that housing plans would not go ahead if the building was listed.

He said it was not viable for the building to be reused.

MP Mr Knight said: “I have made representations to the Minister who will be deciding the fate of the Powergen building to ensure she is aware of local opinion that it should be redeveloped.

“It is important that the wishes of local residents are heard and that a very small minority that wish to stop progress do not win.”

Residents have long campaigned for the site to be revamped and plans will still be submitted to tear down the building to make way for the new homes.