Persimmon Homes, who want to build 80 dwellings behind the houses on Milestone Road, spoke to residents on Thursday about their plans. They hope to submit a formal application in April but residents have already started a campaign group to fight the scheme.

The local Liberal Democrat district councillor, Kate Rolfe, who lives in nearby Avon Crescent, said Thursday’s meeting was “fairly busy” with the general feeling “completely and utterly against” the plans.

Richard Oldroyd, managing director at Persimmon said: “We have taken on board the comments made by community members and councillors and will strive to address any concerns raised prior to the submission of our planning application.”

Those plans are in their infancy, but the application from Bloor Homes to build the18 new homes at 205a Banbury Road is being considered by councillors at a meeting of Stratford District Council’s west area planning committee tomorrow.

Stratford Town Council has lodged an objection but the district council’s planning department has recommended that the scheme be given the green light.

The plan is for six two-bedroom, four three-bedroom and eight four-bedroom houses, with eight out of the 18 allocated as affordable housing.

If built, Bloor will be required to contribute £93,000 to the county council’s education department because there are currently not enough places for more secondary school pupils. It must also give £3,000 towards the county’s libraries, £21,000 towards transport schemes, and £1,500 towards improvements at Stratford Leisure Centre.