Gladman Developments is appealing against a recent decision by Stroud District Council.
The district council refused outline permission for up to 140 homes to be built on a 15.5-acre site 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.
Town councillor Kevin Cranston, chairman of the consultations committee, said: “Stroud Town Council is working with Stroud Valley Action Group to oppose this unwelcome and inappropriate attack on our stunning countryside.
“The Slad Valley is just one of may beautiful places under threat from avaricious developers. There are plenty of brown field sites available for building much needed houses but these sites don’t offer such large profits for the builders. This a simple fight between greed and natural beauty.
“The Government wants house building to help to kick start the economy, no bad thing in itself, but there is one immediate action that would help this – remove VAT from brownfield developments and put it on green field devel- opments.
“That way the sites that should be reused would become more affordable than the sites that must be protected.”
The town council has also vowed to continue its opposition to a proposal to build an incinerator at Javelin Park.
The county council has turned down the proposal but Urbaser Balfour Beatty, which is behind the proposal, is ap- pealing against the decision.
The county council received more than 4,000 comments on the original application.