Campaigners fighting to save a 350-year-old Solihull building from being demolished are urging English Heritage to formally list it - despite developers claiming it has no "historical integrity or architectural merit".
Fowgay Hall has recently been put on the local list of historic buildings by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
The building is being threatened with a plan by developers Parkridge Homes to replace it with a fourteen unit, three-storey apartment block.
Fowgay Hall's new listing will help protect the building when the decision on whether to give the development the go-ahead is made by a Government inspector.
The council planning committee is meeting this week to discuss the plans, however, the decision has been taken out of its hands by the developers who successfully appealed to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for non-determination.
Jeff Stone, Fowgay Hall Action Group press officer, said formal grading from English Heritage would offer more protection. He said: "We are delighted with the local listing but this is very much a case of winning a battle not the war.
" We are also eagerly awaiting the decision of English Heritage on the formal listing of Fowgay.
"The local listing proves the system can work. We presented a well-researched case, the council listened and made the right decision. We couldn't ask for more than that. This was not just a victory for common sense but for the common man."
Fowgay Hall, located on the corner of Dingle Lane and Whitefields Road, dates from the 17th century. The decision to locally list the building was made on September 19 by the council's conservation and regeneration committee.
Solihull Head of Planning Services Paul Watson told the meeting he recommended listing after reviewing details of the building's history presented to him by the Fowgay Hall Action Group.
However, Parkridge Homes managing director Leon Evans said: "We have worked closely with the council to understand all the concerns raised by the action group.
"An independent survey revealed successive renovations and poorly executed repair work has left a building with no historical integrity or architectural merit."
Coun Kate Wild (Con St Alphege Ward) said the developers are permitted to take the decision "above the council's head" under planning laws because the local authority had taken more than the statutory required eight weeks with the application.
Coun Wild added: " Residents are furious that the building could be knocked down. It is part of Solihull's history and one of the oldest buildings in the borough.
"It is vital that our heritage is protected and not replaced with an unpopular apartment block. Residents will continue the fight for as long as it takes."
Campaigners have also raised concerns about the increase in traffic and environmental impact of the development on the area.
The action group is also urging supporters to show their opposition to the demolition and redevelopment by attending the planning meeting at Solihull's Civic Suite at 6pm on Wednesday.