More than 50 protesters filled the room at the Conservative Club for the meeting of Stroud Town Council’s consultations committee.
Gladman Developments wants to build up to 140 homes in Baxter’s Fields off Summer Street.
Craig Lippett, of Slad Valley Action Group, spoke at the meeting. “We aren’t Nimbies,” he said. “Stroud needs homes. Stroud needs jobs. This is the right sort of development, but this is not the right site.
“We want to do the right thing for our children. What Stroud needs is sustainable development and this is not it.”
No one from Gladman attended the meeting.
Stroud Town Council is opposing the application for outline permission for the 15.5-acre site. It has employed a planning consultant to prepare a letter of objection.
The town council is objecting to the application on the grounds of: the impact on the character and appearance of the area, highway and stability issues and the principle of development outside the Stroud settlement boundary.
“The town council does not believe that this site is needed to make good any shortfall in housing land,” the letter states. “The proposal would cause harm both to the character and appearance of the area and to the AONB.”
Town councillor Kevin Cranston, chairman of the consultations committee, said other sites should be considered for development before this one and that there were concerns the proposal was not environmentally sustainable, in particular there was a grave risk of increasing the likelihood of flooding in the Slad Valley and further downstream.
“I don’t believe any green field should be used in the country until all the brown fields are used,” said town councillor Haydn Sutton.
The application will now be considered by Stroud District Council. People have until March 13 to object to the application.
“Stroud Town Council believes that our green field sites are vital for the well-being of our community,” said Mr Cranston. “We strongly oppose the creep of housing up the Slad Valley and the other green fingers of land coming into Stroud – this development would devastate the outstanding beauty of the Slad Valley.”