In 2005 Tesco submitted plans for a 55,000 sq ft store to be built on open space. Many residents and groups including the local MP joined the campaign against the loss of the playing fields to the supermarket, and in April 2005 the MP presented a petition opposing development to Parliament. 80% of residents polled by the MP were against the plans. However, in December 2006 the City Council's planning committee recommended approval for the application. In January 2007 campaigners submitted a 45 page document setting out their objections to the Government Office of the West Midlands.