PLANS for the first of a number of factories at a business park in Bradley are set to be approved - despite protests.
So far, 170 letters of objection have been received from local residents about the plans from Leach Colour for Bradley Business Park on Bradley Road.
But Kirklees Council planning officers are recommending councillors give conditional full permission after they visit the site today.
Local residents are objecting to the alleged use of noxious or hazardous chemicals, the detrimental appearance of the building and noise.
The site was allocated for business and industry on the council's Unitary Development Plan, which was adopted in March, 1999.
The application by Leach Colour is the first one submitted. It is for a plot almost one hectare in size. Future applications will be submitted on a plot by plot basis.
Leach Colour is based in Brighouse and the business involves digital imaging, graphics, photographic laboratory operations and offices.
It employs 84 people and says that it cannot grow without moving to larger, more modern premises.
The firm would open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Deliveries would be restricted to between 7am and 10pm and would involve 18 vehicle movements per day, including one 20-tonne lorry.
Protesters want the design to fit in with those at the Pennine Business Park, which is opposite the site.
But that site is for office use only and the Bradley Business Park plan does not have that restriction.
Leach Colour says there would be generous perimeter landscaping on all sides and the business would not be detrimental in terms of pollution.
A company spokesman said: "We are confident the proposed development will form an attractive and entirely appropriate part of an established Bradley Business Park."
A Kirklees officer said: "Subject to satisfactory resolution of outstanding issues, the proposals are considered acceptable."