Plans for a homeware store which could generate 120 jobs could be given the go-ahead next week - despite it breaching council policy.
Residents are also worried about the impact of the proposals to create two retail units including one for The Range on the former Haldo site, in Western Way, Bury St Edmunds.
The site has been empty for three years and a report to St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee says there is a lack of interest for employment use there.
Although the scheme would generate 90 full time and 60 part time jobs - it is lower than what would be created by industrial use of the site, which could provide between 177 and 315 jobs.
Policy-makers say the site should remain industrial but concede there has been no interest.
Some concerns have been raised that the use of retail units there would detract from the town centre offer and would instead be better suited to a site off Tayfen Road.
But because there are no firm retail proposals for Tayfen Road, the Olding Road/ Western Way site was more appropriate, says the report.
Residents adjoining the site have raised concerns about noise nuisance from delivery vehicles and light pollution.
The applicant Western Way Retail LLP has been asked to agree to conditions which would limit opening and delivery times between 7.30am to 8pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.