A temporary notice ordered the travellers to stop work
People living near a travellers' site in the West Midlands have been protesting outside council offices.
Residents in Meriden contacted police and Solihull Borough Council after travellers began digging and building materials arrived at the site.
The travellers own the land but do not have planning permission for the work.
They lodged an application on Friday but were told to stop work at the weekend. Resident Dave McGrath said locals were "upset" and "frustrated".
A council spokesman said the application was to use the land as a "gypsy site for 14 pitches to site 14 mobile homes, 14 touring caravans and associated ancillary developments".
It had not been studied because it was put in late on Friday, they added.
Mr McGrath said earthmovers, diggers and 17 caravans had been seen on the land at Eaves Green.
"We're taking our protest there [to the council offices] to oppose the planning application that was lodged about three minutes before close of play on Friday at Solihull council," he said.
About 30 protesters and two tractors went to the council building, a council spokesman said.
They dispersed before midday after first appearing at about 0800 BST.
Police monitoring the site over the weekend did not report any trouble, although residents were asked to remove obstacles they had placed in a road leading up to the site.
No-one at the travellers' site wanted to comment.