Controversial proposals for a multi-million pound sewage treatment facility should be rejected when they are debated by councillors this week, officials say.
Members of the Norfolk County Council planning committee will consider the planned development at West Lynn at a meeting in Norwich on Friday.
But a report to that committee has concluded that the application would breach policy guidelines relating to building on greenbelt land and the loss of farmland.
Officials, who have recommended that the application by Anglian Water is refused, said: “It is not felt the benefits of the scheme justify a recommendation for approval.”
If approved, the application would allow for an import centre on land off Clenchwarton Road, West Lynn, as well as a reception centre at the existing treatment works at Clenchwarton and a 3.5 kilometre pipeline between the two.
Supporters argue that the development would allow the treatment works to operate at full capacity. They also maintain it would remove dozens of tankers from roads around the two sites.
However, dozens of people have objected, raising concerns over smells and the proximity of the West Lynn site to nearby homes.
Denise Collins, of the West Lynn Says No campaign group, said they welcomed the recommendations in the report, but remained cautious ahead of the debate.
Friday’s meeting will be in the Edwards Room at County Hall in Norwich and will start at 10am.