The National Planning Policy Framework came into effect last year.
The new policy guide has reduced thousands of pages of planning guidance to around 50 and has been branded a “developers’ charter” by critics.
Now Stroud Town Council is writing to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to express its concerns over the new guidelines.
It follows a letter to all councils from Stroud District Council leader Geoffrey Wheeler. The district council is backing a petition against the NPPF, calling it “unjustly prejudiced in the interest of the construction industry and developers to the detriment of the . . . local community”.
The town council agreed unanimously to write to Mr Pickles.
Councillor Steven Naumann said: “It’s frightening that we as elected councillors now have so little power to represent our community against the floodgates of developments that will open.”
Councillor Simon Arundel said Stroud was already seeing the effects of the new guidelines with applications for development at sites such as Baxter’s Field.
“The solution to the problem of constant assaults on our finest landscapes lies with government and the NPPF,” he said.
“Neighbourhood planning by parish councils is just an expensive duplication of the work being completed by full time professionals in the local planning authority. That such a plan is not the last word even if approved in a referendum means they are a costly distraction.”