COUNCILLORS are today expected to back a Huddersfield sports club's housing plan.
Huddersfield YMCA hopes to sell land for building up to five houses, to raise money for changing rooms.
The club's £600,000 scheme had the plug pulled on it last summer, after a cash crisis forced Sport England to withdraw grants.
Now the club is seeking planning permission for housing on land off Rafborn Avenue, Salendine Nook.
The plans come before Kirklees Council's planning committee later today and are being recommended for approval.
The scheme is for no ore than five detached houses on a site in the north-east corner of the YMCA complex.
The council has received 39 letters of objection, with concerns about the effect on the environment, wildlife and trees.
But council officials say the plan to sell the land to raise money for improved sports facilities is a sound one.
A report to the meeting said: "Clearly, the YMCA affords good sporting facilities for the community and the existing changing facilities are in very poor condition.
"The purpose of the development is to raise money to enhance the facilities and the money can be ring-fenced."
The plans to upgrade the sports facilities include eight new changing rooms to Sport England standard, full disabled access, a store room, a first aid and treatment room and a new hot water system.
The complex hosts rugby union, rugby league, soccer and cricket matches.