Gedling Borough Council has earmarked farmland in the Nottinghamshire village of Linby to help it meet its target of building 7,250 new homes over the next 15 years.
The authority has proposed building 1,000 new houses on Top Wighay Farm as well as a further 600 homes close to the nearby village of Papplewick.
Despite opposition from some local residents, the borough council insist that the proposed scheme is essential to help meet growing demand for housing in the area.
However, Gedling Borough Council leader John Clarke insist that nothing had yet been decided.
He told the press: "We're carrying out government instructions to find provision and space for 7,000 plus homes but until such time as we've got all the consultations in, we won't make a decision.
"The alternative is to let the government do it. Do people want local representation or do they want government officers to come in?"
It has also been suggested that new homes should be constructed on the Gedling Colliery site, but Mr Clarke said this was not an option unless the county council built a new access road to service it.