FURIOUS residents who are against plans to build almost 90 new homes on Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Clubs ground will vent their anger at a meeting tonight (Wednesday).
Oakmoor Estates, long-time development partner of the club - known as The Bees - plan to build 87 houses on one of the most plumb pieces of land in the borough off Sharmans Cross Road.
The move will see Bees join forces in a pioneering groundshare arrangement with Solihull Moors Football Club and play their home games at the re-named Borough Stadium - replacing Damson Park.
But Karen Trueman from Sharmans Cross Action Group said there is awfully strong feeling against the scheme,
She said: We want to keep the ground as an open space and not ruin the image of our area.
Stanley Sellers, a Sharmans Cross Road resident, whose garden overlooks the site said he was wildly against the idea.
Its totally inconsiderate, said the former architecht who designed 11 buildings in Solihull including the central library and the Lode Lane car park.
They are sticking three-story houses up which we will have to look at from our back garden, added the 74-year-old.
The whole thing is a disgrace.
Another irate resident, Robert Price, who has lived on the road for 38 years said: There is an overwhelming desire to maintain the site as a green and open space offering real, local sporting amenity in the borough where there are already too few facilities both for our young, aspiring sports people and the rest of the community.
Should officials give the application the go-ahead Damson Park will receive a major makeover and a sporting centre of excellence will be created on site.
Also, a third generation artificial pitch will be built on the premises, bringing a whole host of sporting opportunities into the region.
Facilities at Damson Park would be vastly improved and Bees 1,000 seat stand would be transferred from Sharmans Cross Road.
The majority of fans, along with Nigel Collins and Brian Marshall (the chairmen of Moors and Bees), feel the plans will bring a host of community benefits as well as improving the long-term stability of both clubs.
However several hundred residents are expected to object to the proposals, which they say are out of character with the local area and will destroy the rural aspect.