ANGRY residents objecting to plans for a new access road to a quarry at Sowood face defeat.
The owners of White Rock Quarry at Sowood - Marshalls Mono Plc- want to construct a new 266-metre road running parallel to a narrow bridleway, Dean House Lane.
The company also wants to knock down a garage and wall at East View on Forrest Hill Road to create a new junction with Dean House Lane.
Currently, Dean House Lane is the only access to White Rock Quarry.
Nine residents also use the lane to get to their homes.
About 26 objections to the plans have been received by Calderdale Council but the planners are recommending approval.
Objections include fears that more HGVs will use the lane - leading to more noise, dust and danger to users of the bridleway.
Some residents also feel it will limit their access and parking.
Others feel the rate of extraction at the quarry, 150,000 tonnes of stone a year, and the number of HGV movements, thought to be a maximum of 120 a day, is too high.
However, planning officers are recommending that councillors approve the application when they meet tomorrow.
Planning officer Jim Metcalf said: "It is considered that the highway safety benefits from the access improvements outweigh any harm to the openness of the green belt."
Officers have recommended that permission should come with a variety of conditions.
These include Marshalls Mono Plc having to maintain the road and keep the bridleway free of mud and debris.
It also has to put warning signs on nearby roads to show that walkers, cars, cyclists and HGVs are using the lane.
Councillors will also have to consider updating the conditions for Marshall Mono Plc's permission to work the quarry.
Work there has been intermittent - no stone was cut from 1992 until June, 2002, because Marshalls Mono Plc were engaged elsewhere.
Residents have sent 174 letters of objection to the quarry's operation.
Many of the concerns are the same as those relating to the access plans for Dean House Lane.
However, they are also worried about the loss of green belt, the impact on local wildlife and the hours of operation at the quarry.