Residents' associations fighting plans by Tesco to build a superstore on Birmingham playing fields have published their own alternative green scheme, which would see the land retained for sports and community uses.
Two groups have joined forces to oppose the super-market's proposal, which they believe would eventually lead to the loss of the recreation ground at Brockhurst Road, Hodge Hill, and threaten the viability of small retail units in the nearby Fox and Goose shopping centre.
Leaders of the Hodge Hill and Ward End residents' associations have written to all of the city's MPs, MEPs and councillors urging them to support alternative, more sustainable, uses for the land.
Roger Gordon, a spokesman for the residents' associations, wants Birmingham City Council to refuse Tesco planning permission for a 65,000 square feet store and to adopt an alternative development plan for the area instead.
Mr Gordon envisages a community-led trust managing the playing fields along with new changing rooms, a community centre and a health centre run by the Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trust.
The two residents groups believe they are entering the closing stages of a 15-year battle to save the playing fields from retail development.
Birmingham City Council, which owns the land, put on hold a decision to sell the site to Tesco pending a decision on the firm's application for planning permission.
The council planning committee is expected to decide on the application by the end of the summer.
Mr Gordon said the residents associations' alternative scheme was in line with local, national and international policies on the environment, health promotion and civic engagement.
The residents point out that leisure provision in Hodge Hill and Ward End is already below the national average.
Tesco was unavailable for comment last night.