The long- running fight against expansion of Coventry Airport could soon be over after an agreement was reached between its management and the local planning authority.
Warwick District Council has called a special meeting of its planning committee, at which officers will recommend councillors accept a package of mitigation measures and the building of a new 2,000-space car park at the Baginton airport.
The development comes at the conclusion of a public inquiry brought about after the council issued enforcement notices on the airport's temporary passenger terminal when it opened to passengers last March.
In a report to the committee, council officers stress that acceptance of the mitigation package does not change their opinion that the airport's temporary terminal exceeded permitted development rights.
However, it is understood the airport is considered likely to win the inquiry and the council sees the agreement as a last chance to gain some form of control over its operations, which are currently completely unrestricted.
Coventry Airport's owners, German tourism giant TUI, have drawn up a 56-page document detailing how it plans to limit the operation's effects on the environment.
Among the proposed changes are a restriction on flying during certain hours - including banning noisier freight aircraft between
11.30pm and 6am - a noise monitoring system, re-routing flights away from built-up areas, a range of policies to improve public transport, and an "air quality programme" to record and limit pollution.
The measures would come into effect only if the airport's management is successful in getting planning permission for the Thomsonfly passenger terminal from the Secretary of State following the planning inspector's report.
Warwick's chief planning officer John Archer states in his report to the planning committee: "On the basis that the appellants offer brings a measure of control over the environmental impact of the airport where none exists at present, and that the package of mitigation and compensation measures are considered reasonable for this scale of operation, the development is considered in accordance with the development plan."
Representatives from the airport and the local authority have met at various times outside the inquiry in recent months - but district council planning officer Gary Stephens insists a compromise with the airport's managers, allowing the terminal to stay but under strict conditions, is not on the agenda.
He said: "If members feel the measures are acceptable, it will be recorded in our closing submissions to the inquiry as the view of the council.
"We'll be saying to the Secretary of State that, if the development requires permission and he grants permission, this would be a suitable package of mitigation measures.
"He may take a different view."
The planning committee, which has been generally anti-airport and has disagreed with officers' recommendations in the past, will meet on Monday night.
It will also discuss whether to grant permission for a 2,000-space car park to the south of the terminal. Planning officers consider the car park will ease traffic congestion experienced by the village of Baginton caused by three temporary park and ride sites which are only accessible through the village.
A second public inquiry into a £10 million permanent terminal - also rejected by Warwick District Council last year - is due to begin early next year.