Residents fighting plans to build more than 70 homes in their neighbourhood delivered 200 letters yesterday to Solihull Council as part of their campaign.

The letters from residents in the Elmdon Lane area of Marston Green voice concerns over a revived planning application to build 16 apartments and 55 houses on land to the rear of the lane.

Developers the Sandstone Group submitted the latest application before Christmas after an original bid to secure planning permission for a similar scheme on the site was thrown out by councillors in October.

Elmdon Green resident Jakki Kemp, who helped organise the letter protest, said: "We wrote pre-typed opposing letters for each application and invited people to endorse the letters with their own views.

"We organised drop off points and offered to envelope the letters and make sure they were hand delivered to the planning office.

"It didn't take long for us to realise residents really wanted to air their views and oppose these applications. We were touched to read the genuine and heartfelt opinions that were added to the letters. The community spirit is fantastic."

Councillors voted unanimously against the project in October after concerns were raised about the density of the scheme and the access into the new properties.

However, a spokesman for Sandstone Group said: "We have submitted an application which we believe addresses the concerns that the planning committee had when it was last considered.

"We would hope that this new plan is given the go-ahead so that much-needed housing in this area can be given the go-ahead.

"The reality is that there will always be some people who do not want any scheme at all, no matter what that scheme involves."