A development of 200 new homes to be built on green fields will be at serious risk of flooding, according to campaigners.
Residents say the planned new estate is earmarked for a Shirley green oasis used to graze horses which is regularly under water after heavy rain.
Spokesman Paul Chambers hit out at a ‘lack’ of council consultation over the bombshell blueprint, which would see 200 properties built on the land, off Aqueduct Road.
Mr Chambers, who is disabled, is also furious that Tree Protection Orders on some hawthorns on the site have been removed.
The 48-year-old said: "None of us want these properties staring in our faces. The land floods. If they build on it, where will the water go? It will be like a swimming pool round here.
"Plans for the development have now been submitted and householders have less than 21 days to lodge objections.
"We have got to stop it,’’ he added. "Feelings are running high. Everyone has a negative view of this."
A public meeting over the Persimmon and Miller Homes scheme was held in March, but Mr Chambers, who suffers from epilepsy and bone disease osteoporosis, believes letters informing residents of the proposals should have been sent out sooner.
Colin MacKenzie, who has lived in nearby Myton Drive for 36 years, also criticised the consultation process. "If you don’t have a computer you are up a gumtree. The application is all computerised," he said.
"They sent out a consultation sheet, but that did not include a copy of the plan as it stands."
The 69-year-old’s biggest fear is traffic congestion.
"The one exit is onto Solihull Lodge High Street. It is a rat-run at present and with an Asda set to be completed in 2014 the situation can only get worse. It’s a narrow road with buses coming down every ten minutes. I can see major problems."
Richard Oldroyd, managing director at Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said: "The Aqueduct Road development is a joint application between Persimmon Homes and Miller Homes which aims to deliver much needed additional housing to this part of Solihull.
"The planning application is for 200 houses, providing a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, of which 40 per cent will be delivered as affordable housing. In addition, the development will provide a children’s play area and improved pedestrian and cycle links between Aqueduct Road and the High Street.
"A full Flood Risk Assessment and drainage strategy has been prepared in conjunction with the Environment Agency and has been submitted as part of the planning application.
‘‘We are also working with the Environment Agency to assess the current flooding concerns on Aqueduct Road."
A Solihull Council spokesperson said: "This application is still in the consultation period. The application will then be heard by our planning committee and dealt with in the same way as every other planning application we receive."