PLANS to extend a nursing home in a green belt area look set to be granted, despite objections.
Kirkburton Civic Society and local residents have complained to planners about the plans for Croftlands Nursing Home in Turnshaw Road.
But Kirklees councillors referred the application to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, who has to approve applications in green belt.
If he gives the go-ahead - which he is expected to do - planning permission will be granted, subject to conditions.
The home's director of care, James Creegan, applied for the extension to form four units of 10-bedroomed accommodation with a lounge/dining room and quiet space in each unit.
The extension is larger than the original home, which is a former mill owner's house in extensive grounds.
The nursing home now has 20 beds.
The Civic Society and local people have expressed concerns about the visual impact on the area which the extension will have, highway safety and the loss of trees and wildlife.
But a council report says the special circumstances put forward by Mr Creegan - including the area's lack of care facilities for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease - are sufficient to justify what would otherwise be inappropriate development.
Mr Prescott is expected to approve the plans within the next month.