Officials are recommending that permission be given for the Carlton Tavern pub to be demolished and replaced with a care home.
A planning committee meeting taking place on 13th December will vote again on the issue following threats of a legal challenge to a decision to approve the proposal taken at its October meeting.
At that time the committee chair had to use his casting vote to determine the application.
The officer report now clarifies their interpretation of national and European guidance.
Over 150 objections to the plan have been recorded.