POLITICIANS in South Gloucestershire say proposed changes in planning rules could leave them with "completely unachievable targets" for new housing.
The council's ruling Conservative group says it needs the power to assess individual applications on their merits and not be put under "extreme pressure" to meet targets.
The Tories fear that rural areas face being "slapped with an even higher annual housing delivery target than neighbouring Bristol".
Liberal Democrats say the government white paper is a “serious threat to a democratic and transparent planning system”.
Campaigners say the reforms would require South Gloucestershire to build 51,000 homes over t 20 years – 23,000 more than the current system.