People are vowing to continue fighting plans to build a cemetery on a beauty spot despite councillors approving the move.
Some residents left a full Sandwell Council meeting in tears after a slim majority voted the proposal through for Powke Lane, Rowley Regis.
More than 1,200 people have so far signed a petition against the plans.
The local authority said the area was running out of burial plots at current sites and, if the plans were rejected, it would have to stop accepting new burials within four years.
But campaigners claim the scheme will harm wildlife and be a bad move for traffic and road safety and say they have already ask the secretary of state to call the plans in.