Villagers battling to save a piece of green belt land from developers who want to build 141 homes say they are prepared to buy the site themselves in a bid to halt the scheme.
Campaigner Glenis Priest, whose home borders the land, says residents of Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay have discussed raising the cash between them if the price is right.
The site is currently the subject of a planning application put forward by local builder Ken Lees who wants to construct the homes off Landywood Lane between the two villages.
The 77-year-old businessman, who grew up in Great Wyrley, said he was open to discussion but had so far received no communication from the campaigners.
Residents have set up a campaign group, Save Our Space, to fight the plan, saying they are concerned about increased traffic, pressure on schools and the impact on wildlife.
Mrs Priest called on Mr Lees to sell or gift the land to villagers. Failing that, if planning permission is refused, they would look to buy the land with a view of turning it into a village green.
She said residents could only afford to put in a joint bid if the application was turned down as it would reduce the value of the land. “The price then would be within our reach,” she said.
“It would mean we could save the land for future generations to enjoy.” As well as homes, the plan provides for a park-and-ride scheme to serve the nearby railway station. A new health centre, care home and allotments are also planned.
Mr Lees warned that turning the land into a village green may be more complicated than residents think. He said: “There are 28 mine shafts under the land, which would need to be stabilised before people could use them as playing fields or any other community use.”