The countryside is at risk as councils are forced to accept two thirds of major developments on appeal, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
The group highlights Warton as one of the towns ‘under siege’, while it claims brownfield land remains unused.
CPRE states Warton’s current 3,573 population could swell by another 1,365 if proposals for new homes in the area are given the go-ahead.
CPRE has release a report calling for improved planning policies that prioritise regeneration and reduce loss of countryside.
Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the CPRE said: “Local authorities are having to agree fanciful housing numbers and allocate huge areas of greenfield land to meet them. Where they lack an up to date plan, the countryside is up for grabs and many villages feel under siege from developers.”