The Government is due to publish reforms to the planning system today.
Last summer, ministers announced proposals for slimming down more than 1,000 pages of policy on planning rules into a 50-page "national planning policy framework".
They said it would boost growth while protecting the environment.
A residents' group which is fighting a major housing development on agricultural land near Leicester, says the Government's new planning framework, would lead to a "free-for-all".
Group Secretary Paul Fox predicts a "land-grab" as developers try to build on the green belt across the UK.
The Government has rejected the concerns, saying that is allowing local people to make the decisions that affect them.
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