Stratford-on-Avon Districty Council says it will appeal against the government's decision to grant planning permission for 800 homes to be built near the cottage of Ann Hathaway.
A new primary school, health centre and local shops are planned for land near Shottery in Warwickshire, after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles approved permission last month.
A unanimous decision to appeal was made at a council committee meeting today.
At Ann Hathaway's cottage where Shakespeare courted his future wife a storm is approaching.
A planning inspector will begin hearing the arguments for an against a housing development today.