INVERCLYDE officials are recommending approval for housing on fields at Kilmacolm but are opposed to a second proposed development.
A plan by Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd for Kilmacolm Meadow, west of Quarry Drive, is being backed by planners.
The site could accommodate around 75 homes, although detailed plans have still to be brought forward. There are 487 public objections.
A bid by Taylor Wimpey (West Scotland) to build around 100 houses at Planetreeyetts is being recommended for refusal. It has had nearly 260 objections.
Special pre-determination hearings are to be held tomorrow (Wednesday) into both proposals at which the applicants and those opposed can put their arguments to councillors on Inverclyde Planning Board.
The board will then make a recommendation of either approval or refusal which will go to the next full meeting of Inverclyde Council for a final decision.
Officials say there is a shortfall in the housing land supply in the area. As such the Quarry Drive site has been identified for residential use in the proposed new Inverclyde Local Development Plan whereas the Planetreeyetts site would remain as green belt.
Planners state: “A range of sites over a variety of geographies across the whole council area have been identified to address this [housing land supply] shortfall and, with specific regard to Kilmacolm, the [Quarry Drive] application site has been determined to be the most sustainable of the potential land release options.”