Backing for Sheffield green belt homes plan
A housing scheme on green belt land in Sheffield has received the backing of council officers.
Residents have been fighting against the development of the former Loxley College campus site in Stannington since 2004.
A plan has been submitted for 71 detached and semi-detached homes.
A report by council officers said the development "would make a positive contribution to the area" and recommended approval.
The scheme will be discussed by the council's west and north planning board on 25 October.
If the board agrees with the report's recommendation the plan would have to be referred to the Secretary of State for approval because the site is green belt land.
The council has received 115 letters in response to the plans. Of those, 110 are from people opposed to the development.
Residents' concerns include an expected increase in traffic, the visual impact on the area, the loss of open space and the impact on wildlife.
Those in support of the development say it would remove the old college buildings, which have become an "eyesore" and attract vandalism.
Council officers said the development was unlikely to have any "significant impact" on local roads and as the developer is planning to demolish the college buildings, which are derelict, the scheme would "improve the character" of the site.