That's the view of Plaid Cymru councillor Carrie Harper, who today challenged the council's draft Local Development Plan.
She said: "Our last Development Plan overshot its target for housing by 40% and house prices have trebled in the borough over the past 10 years. Wrecsam became a free-for-all for housing developers looking to make a quick buck and local people lost out as a result.
"We need safeguards to ensure the housing targets are not overshot again."
The Queensway councillor added: "The next Local Development Plan is based on future migrations trends from the north-west of England into the area rather than local need for more affordable housing. So in fact the plan contains nothing 'local' at all."
Carrie Harper said she was disappointed that there seemed to be no alternatives being offered other than to simply continue the same failed policy of allowing more non-local development at the same rate as we've seen over recent years.
She added: "Other areas are using imaginative housing policies such as Community Land Trusts to develop alternative affordable housing. We don't think there's one simple answer to the problem but an imaginative range of policies, such as those adopted in Yorkshire and Powys, can go a long way to our over-reliance on simply building more and more houses."
Plaid councillors on the council are arguing that the Local Development Plan, which will plot the council's strategy until 2021, needs to avoid some of the errors made in the last plan.