Planning officers have recommend that a major new business park at the Catterick A1(M) junctions is approved.
Eshton Group, in association with Castlevale Ltd, has submitted plans for a 52-acre business park at Junction 52.
The developers say the scheme would bring millions of pounds of investment and create hundreds of jobs.
It is claimed the plans would create an industrial hub at the junction, attracting businesses from across the UK.
A new roundabout would be built on the A6055 as part of the plans.
Officers at Richmondshire District Council will recommend the scheme is approved when councillors meet on January 4.
The recommendation comes despite concerns raised from a number of organisations.
Catterick Parish Council has questioned the need for more industrial buildings at the expense of agricultural land,.
It has also raised concerns about increased levels of congestion on the road network and an adverse impact on the tourist industry.
In its response Richmond Business and Tourism Association said the proposed development would “deter visitors to the area, who pass by on the main north/south arterial route” and that the existing industrial parks and proposed developments at Catterick and Scotch Corner will “create another industrial corridor, deterring these much needed visitors”.
Richmond and District Civic Society also raised concerns.
It said the plans included an assumption that there was a shortage of jobs in Richmondshire.
The group added: “Whilst good quality jobs are always welcome, the district has historically low unemployment
rates, some of the lowest in the country.”
The civic society said the proposed development alongside the application existing plans for new business units at Scotch Corner “would be creating a demand that simply could not be fulfilled by people living locally.
“The workforce would have to travel long distances to work at these sites,” the society added.
But a report to councillors concluded the plans were acceptable.
The report said: “In the overall planning balance, the adverse impacts identified within this committee report are considered to be outweighed by the positive aspects of the proposed development, most notably the economic benefits to be gained through the delivery of an employment development in a suitable location adjacent to the upgraded
Junction 52 of the A1 (M) motorway.
“The proposed development is therefore considered acceptable in this respect and, it is recommended that planning
permission be granted.”
For more information on the application, click here.