Some of Birmingham’s most traditional homes are under threat after plans for a conservation area were delayed by two years, councillors warned.
Residents in Acocks Green have been battling for more than a year to keep rows of Victorian terraces out of the clutches of developers.
Councillors said dozens of houses had already been ruined by uPVC windows and porch extensions.
They were promised a conservation area within six months by city chiefs last October.
But councillors were stunned after being told the project was not included in Birmingham City Council’s conservation and heritage department’s programme of works for the next 18 months. Even then, it could take up to eight months to complete.
Last March, residents living in the Bordesley Green Ideal Village had been given official permission to ignore a ban on altering their homes because it had been flouted for so long.
Regeneration chief Coun Neville Summerfield acknowledged properties were under threat and said he would consider whether Acocks Green should be made a priority.
Coun Iain Bowen (Lib Dem, Acocks Green) said: “I’m not for preserving everything in aspic but once these are lost, they are gone for good.”
The area which would be included in the zone includes Sherbourne Road and Flint Green Road. Permission has already been granted to replace 42 and 44 Sherbourne Road and number 1 to 7 Flint Green Road with flats.
Developers were told by city planners that they must rebuild the frontages of the properties brick-by-brick to retain the character. But councillors said new powers were vital to protect the village.