PLANNERS say a scheme to turn a disused railway cutting into agricultural land should be turned down because the site is in green belt.
But applicant Steven Douthwaite, who runs a smallholding at Kirkheaton, could still get the go-ahead for the scheme, on land between Wood Lane and Woodend Road, Lower Hopton.
A special joint meeting of Kirklees Council's Huddersfield area and Heavy Woollen Area planning committees yesterday recommended refusal.
Mr Douthwaite wants permission to cover inert waste - which has been tipped on the site without permission - and cover it with subsoil and top soil.
The site would then be restored to grassland, where he could graze cattle.
Last year, Mr Douthwaite was granted planning permission for an animal feed store and access on part of the same site.
But committee members say the new plans break green belt policy.
The application is due to be decided at the council's planning and highways committee on September 3.
Twenty-six people have written to Kirklees, complaining about the plan.
They are worried about traffic to the site - particularly lorries - dirt, dust and noise and disruption to bridleways.