VILLAGES like Dorridge must rely on the private sector for investment so says a supporter of the controversial Sainsbury's development.
Jenny Lanfer, who helped organise a 1800 petition in favour of the proposals, said that public money was concentrated on deprived areas.
That's why she argued it was important for Sainsbury's proposals to revamp the Forest Court shopping precinct to get the go-ahead.
"In Solihull, if the council is going to spend money on regeneration projects, then they'll be in the north of the borough," she said.
"But this means that somewhere like Dorridge has to rely on a big company, like Sainsbury's, Waitrose or Marks & Spencer coming in.
"That's the only way were going to see anyone pay for the development of a place like Forest Court, which is currently run-down and smelly."
The petition was signed by patients at the local doctor's surgery, which would move to improved premises as part of the development.
She said that those in favour of the scheme had felt compelled to make their feelings known to Solihull Council.
"Last year [when a larger version of the scheme was rejected] we didn't do anything like this," she said.
"We felt very strongly that we should show there were many people in favour of this development."