A MILL conversion in green belt should be seen in a "very positive light" say planning officers.
They accept the conversion and new homes in cosy courtyards at Westwood Mill is likely to cause controversy because of its location.
But they are recommending councillors approve the scheme at grade two listed Lowestwood Lane and Bargate, Linthwaite.
A report to the Huddersfield area planning committee tomorrow says officers have been in long negotiations with the developers, Michael Wilson Restorations.
"The applicants have brought their own expertise and experience to the negotiations as they have developed several mills throughout the country, the nearest being Barkisland Mill," says the report.
"The design of the proposals has been well thought through and all technical matters have been satisfactorily addressed."
Surrey-based Michael Wilson Restorations, which converted award-winning Barkisland Mill in Calderdale, has applied for listed building consent to partially demolish, convert and build at the mill site. It will create 108 homes.
It is just 300 yards along Lowestwood Lane from the massive Titanic Mills, which is itself undergoing conversion into apartments.
John Bresnahan, joint owner and director of Michael Wilson Restorations, said plans included the development of five cosy and intimate courtyards.
The ambitious plans included the restoration of the original mill pond. The development would also include an exposed water wheel, returning to the mill's heritage.
He said facilities would include a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gym - all for residents.
He said the site next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal would give the development a beautiful setting.
If the scheme is given the go-ahead, the first phase of the conversion should begin during July or August.
The conversion includes one, two and three-bedroom apartments, priced £125,000 to £350,000.