Planning officers at Harborough District Council are recommending that controversial plans for a crematorium at Great Glen be given the go-ahead.
Papers prepared for next Tuesday’s council planning committee meeting state that any concerns over the impact of the building on the countryside are outweighed by the contribution it would make toward burial sites in the district.
The scheme, for farmland off London Road south of the village, is being put forward by The Co-operative Group.
It has attracted criticism from some villagers, who say it is in the wrong location, are concerned about traffic and the appearance of the building, and say emissions from the site could cause harm.
The council’s planning committee is due to make a decision on whether to grant planning permission at Tuesday’s meeting at The Three Swans Hotel, in High Street, Harborough, at 6.30pm.
Also on the agenda are plans for a new thermal oxidiser and replacement effluent treatment plant at the JG Pears factory in Leicester Road on the northern outskirts of Market Harborough.
The proposals will reduce smells from the factory, says the firm. Officers have recommended this proposal be approved also.
The are also recommending planners give the green light to 47 new homes at Sovereign Park, on the former Tungstone Batteries site in Harborough.
One application that is recommended for refusal is an eight home scheme off Drayton Road in Medbourne.
The Save Medbourne Group wants the field - which is owned by Medbourne Parish Council chairman Paul Polito - to be designated as Local Green Space by Harborough District Council, meaning it could not be built on.
It recently called on the parish council to back its application, but the council did not offer its support.
The report prepared for Tuesday night’s planning meeting states: “The site is a significant incursion into the open countryside, and the proposed linear layout will exacerbate countryside impact having a detrimental impact upon the character and appearance of the settlement and conservation area.”