CONCERNED residents fear a move by Solihull Council to remove a protection order from a cluster of trees in Aqueduct Road, Solihull Lodge, will give developers free reign to build on there.
Plans are in the pipeline by Persimmon and Miller Homes to build 200 houses on land in Aqueduct Road - an area prone to flooding.
This week residents received the news that a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) had been removed from a collection of trees on the site.
Local man Paul Chambers said: “I have major concerns here because if the orders have been removed, the trees are not protected and could be chopped down.
“This feels as if we are one step closer to development, which is something residents are massively against.”
A Solihull Council spokesman said that 13 larger trees would retain their protection but admitted that some greenery, mostly hawthorn, had been removed from the TPO.
They added: “At present the land where the trees are situated on Aqueduct Road is proposed for housing development post 2018, but no formal decision has been made.”