More than 150 jobs could be created if plans for a new food distribution warehouse on the Leeds-Wakefield border are given the go-ahead.
The cold store would be built close to the proposed new £19m Wakefield Wildcats stadium on land off Newmarket Lane in Stanley.
The site includes part of the former Newmarket Colliery.
Plans for the 12,000-seater arena plus a hotel and warehouses, off Junction 30 of the M62, were granted outline permission last year.
Building the warehouse would speed up the construction of the rest of the site through road improvements including a new link from the A642 Aberford Road, according to a report on the plans.
Leeds councillors have criticised the “ill thought-out and unsuitable” wider plans, which they fear will harm the green belt between the cities.
David Nagle (Lab, Rothwell), said he would like to support any scheme bringing jobs to the area but he shared residents’ concerns about the impact on the green belt and traffic.
He said: “The green belt is under constant threat and must be protected. No scheme, in my opinion, should go ahead over the legitimate objections of local residents, who are very concerned about the green belt and traffic.”
Objections have also been made about the size of the 42-metre-high cold store.
But a report to Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee said: “Any landscape and visual impact is outweighed by the benefits in terms of economic growth, job creation and the delivery of an allocated employment site and the provision of new infrastructure to enable the delivery of further employment-generating uses on the wider site.”
The plans, submitted by Yorkcourt Properties and Newcold, are recommended for approval with conditions, including preserving and planting woodland, when they go before the committee on Thursday.
Construction has yet to begin on the stadium but it is expected to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.