A database is launched showing land for development
A housing database has been launched by East Devon District Council showing potential land for development.
The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment shows areas of land which landowners would be happy to see developed.
Some residents are concerned that sites will be developed without consultation.
But East Devon District Council (EDDC) said that although land may feature on the database, the council is not obliged to approve planning proposals.
The database highlights about 500 sites across 1,316 hectares which could provide land for up to 20,000 homes in East Devon.
Claire Wright, an Ottery St Mary town councillor, said: "It's really important that we provide some local housing for less well off and younger people.
"What concerns us about this is not only EDDC has made a list of all the pieces of land that could be developed, but they've gone out to the sites and deemed land deliverable and decided how many houses could be allocated to that particular piece of land."
"What you'll find is a gold rush of planning applications coming in from developers on all those pieces of land."
Councillor Mike Green said: "We're just following government guidelines on making sure that anything we did include in the plan was deliverable, and that the land owner was willing.
"But we have no obligation to give planning permission on them."
The previous government set out plans which are being supported by the current government for all councils, nationally, to provide similar databases.