It is opposing the application for outline permission for the 15.5-acre site. Gladman Developments wants to build up to 140 homes in Baxter’s Fields off Summer Street.
The town council objected 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.
Stroud District Council unanimously rejected the application. Gladman has confirmed it will appeal against the decision.
Town councillor Simon Arundel spoke at the district council planning meeting. He said: “The site is on the boundary and very much an integral part of the setting of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“The contouring of the Slad Valley is such that Baxter’s Field is highly visible to much of the AONB and we hold that the impact of this development on some of our most important view-points will be severely adverse.”
Scores of protesters turned out to a meeting of Stroud Town Council’s consultations committee when the application was considered.
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.
“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.”