Developers W Westerman were granted outline planning permission by Broxtowe Borough Council for the development at Field Farm, off Ilkeston Road, in November 2014.
A detailed planning application for phase 1 of the development, covering the south-western corner of the site, was made public on 17 December. It would see 118 two- and three-storey homes built, with the landscape strategy including amenity space and informal natural play areas, tree planting and a flood attenuation lagoon.
However Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) is concerned the housing strategy will not allow for enough green space on site.
STRAG chair Zoe Cockcroft told the Nottingham Post that while the development needs to fit 450 homes there is no reason for them to be spread across the whole site.
She added: "We want to save as much green space for ordinary people as possible because we are losing our wildlife areas that people can just go to with their families."
Cockcroft is particularly concerned about the north-eastern corner of the site which links two nature reserves - Stapleford Hills Woodland and Pit Lane - which are considered to be part of the city's Green Infrastructure Corridor. Development on the section could potentially sever the link between the two reserves.
STRAG wants the development to be made higher density in order to spare the north-eastern corner from being built on, keeping the wildlife corridor between the two nature reserves intact.
Such a strategy would require the site to be considered as a whole rather than in phases, otherwise the low-density development in phase 1 would likely prevent higher-density development later on, STRAG says.
Residents have until 25 January to comment on the plans.