Council bosses are being urged to make a quick decision to ensure the deal for the former Tulip Foods factory in Tipton can go ahead.
Pak Mecca Limited is negotiating with the factory’s owners, Pilgrim’s Pride, to buy the land and existing buildings on George Henry Road to open an abattoir to supply meat products in a move it says will create 200 jobs.
In addition to the slaughterhouse the company is also seeking permission for a lairage – an area where animals rest before being killed.
But lawyers for Pak Mecca have warned the scheme could fall through if it is delayed.
Writing to the council on behalf of their client, Shakespeare Martineau solicitors asked planning bosses to make a speedy decision.