Two controversial proposals to develop sites to the south of Birmingham city centre will be considered by a Government planning inspector in October.
The planning inquiry follows a decision to 'call in' the proposal for a 22,000 square metre retail warehouse complex on the partly councilowned site of Joseph Chamberlain College, in Balsall Heath.
The council's planning committee last October backed the proposals, which were subsequently rubber stamped by the ruling cabinet.
However, the plans sparked fury from retail giant Tesco, whose bid for a 12,000 sq metre shopping, leisure and residential scheme less than half a mile away in Bristol Street was turned down.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will now determine both applications at a planning inquiry to be held on October 11 at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, in Margaret Street.
The council agreed that the applications could not proceed as the total area of 34,000 sq metres far exceeded the limit of 29,500 sq metres in force in the south of the city for sites for the sale of 'bulky goods'.
Tesco development executive David Hall interrupted the planning meeting's proceedings to accuse the committee of acting in an 'undemocratic manner' by not treating the two schemes the same.
The Joseph Chamberlain College scheme, if approved by the Government, will see the existing college buildings and the Birmingham Sports Centre demolished and replaced by a shopping centre. The sale of the site will release enough money to enable a new £20 million college to be built on nearby land at the junction of Haden Way and Belgrave Middleway. Sports facilities at Joseph Chamberlain will be replaced on three different sites.
However, the plan, which is being spearheaded by developers Standard Life Investments, has caused outrage in the local community because of the loss of open space.
Coun Martin Mullaney (Lib Dem Moseley and Kings Heath) said: "Residents are concerned that they are not being consulted over the loss of valuable sports facilities and they do not feel that another retail park is what the area needs."