Plans for the £1.5bn redevelopment of former wholesale markets sites in Birmingham might have to be reconsidered, following the release of alternative plans by a community group.
A Birmingham City Council scrutiny committee has asked for the local authority's own proposals to go back before councillors "as a matter of urgency".
Peter Culley, an architect who is supporting the alternative vision, produced by the City Park 4 Brum group, called the council plans "bland" and added: "It looks like a corporate American suburban plan from the 1990s.”
The campaign group would prefer the area to be turned into a green space with room for market stalls and a mock medieval moat.
Richard Cowell, assistant director of development for the council, defended the masterplan, which has taken four years to draw up, saying it would be key to delivering the housing and jobs Birmingham needed.