A cricket club may buy a playing field which residents have been trying to save from development.
Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club revealed it is interested in purchasing St George's Field, in Pinner View, North Harrow, this week.
The three-and-a-half acre field, which is owned by St George's Parochial Church Council, has been the subject of a campaign by neighbours to save it from being turned into a housing estate.
The church initially applied for planning permission in December 2006, for 50 houses and apartments to be allowed on the site, which was rejected.
Following this the church submitted a revised application for 27 flats and houses, with 0.7 hectares of open space in August 2007. The plans included the building of a community building to house the 1st Headstone Scouts. However, this was also rejected and the church is now appealing the decision.
Tony Wright, club captain of Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club, explained the club would be willing to put in an offer on the ground if the price was right.
He said: "We would want to play cricket there.
"If we want to move up in the league you need to have a private ground."
The club plans to transform the field by adding a square in the centre and a pavilion to replace the old wooden one.
Gwyneth Phaure, of Kingsfield Avenue, North Harrow, said: "It would be brilliant if they bought it, nobody in the area would object to that. The church has shut it off so apart from the scouts no one can gain access to it. We do not want houses, it is a playing field."
The sale of the land would provide the church with desperately needed funding. The Grade II listed hall needs renovation and repair work estimated to cost more than £500,000. St George's Church vicar, The Reverend Stephen Keeble, said: "The field is too small for cricket as stated in our design statement and is not a safe option. It is held for church use not for public recreation.
"It is private property and not for the wider community."
Councillor Bill Stephenson, who represents the Headstone South ward and is leader of the Labour group in Harrow, said: "The residents are very keen that we continue community activities; if the club takes it over they will be very happy.
"We want to support the church to keep its listed building and residents have offered to help with fundraising, but the church seems to have done little."
An appeal hearing on the planning application will be held later this year.