The call came after plans for a 260-apartment retirement village on Lickey Road was approved.
It is the latest in a series of planning applications to go ahead on land which had been earmarked for high-tech manufacturing use.
Only last month, a major Marks and Spencer store was approved prompting claims that high-pay manufacturing jobs were being sacrificed in favour of retail work.
Planning committee member Coun Barry Henley (Lab, Harborne) said: "The area action was quite clear about employment land and we agreed to 300 houses, then we gave a corner of a giant Marks and Spencer store on employment land.
"And now we are told that it is all our own fault, we have given away our employment land and can hardly say no if St Modwen want to build an extra care village.
"Can somebody re-look at the area action plan and set down what areas are for employment. Are we going to get the 10,000 jobs or not?
"If we are going to create high-skilled jobs in the city, we do need to have property and land for the companies who will employ skilled labour and create those high quality goods."
He added that, despite this, he agreed with planning officers that the retirement village was a high-quality residential development which is much-needed in the city.