Up to 400 villagers are expected to turn out to oppose plans to build 125 homes on medieval farmland in Solihull.
The proposals for the 3.7-hectare site at Moat House Farm in Marston Green, which is former greenbelt, include 55 two-bedroom homes, 49 three-bedroom homes and 21 four-bedroom homes.
A campaign has been launched by Marston Green Optimising Our Development (MGOOD) and a public meeting will take place on Wednesday to discuss the application.
According to documents handed to Solihull Council by Pegasus Planning Group, the area has already been taken off the greenbelt to free up land to meet long-term housing targets.
Of the 125 new houses, 50 will be affordable homes and there will be 274 car parking spaces on the site, which is near the remains of a medieval moat and fish pond.
But Linda Poulson, from MGOOD, said the village is already “bursting at the seams”.
She said: “This has come as a major blow to the village. We can’t take developments of this size.
“A community survey had shown there is no appetite at all for development of this sort. What the residents have asked for is homes for the over-50s.
“Parking is a major problem, the schools are full and we are already bursting at the seams.”
According to the planning statement, Moat House Farm is close to what is believed to be a medieval manor at Marston Culey, which was the name of the village until 1830.
The village dates back to at least 1085, when it was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Known then as “Merstone”, it was likely to have been the site of an Anglo-Saxon settlement and was owned by Turchil, Earl of Warwick, who kept his estates after the 1066 conquest.
Amateur historian Pat Raymer believes the moat that surrounded Moat House Farm off Wolverton Road and Lyndon Croft is a sign of its medieval beginnings.
She said: “For a farm building to have been moated, that was done in medieval times. In more recent times, it wasn’t.
“It was to keep out intruders and also wild animals because the whole area was more forested than it is now. In those forests lived wild boars and even wolves.
“One arm of the moat would have been the stream and the rest would have been a squared-off U-shape.
“On the site is an example of medieval ridge and furrow farming, which makes up the site as a whole.”
A public meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 16 at the village hall in Elmdon Road.