Trees could scupper proposals to build more than 100 homes for NHS staff.
NHS Grampian lodged plans to create 110 homes on the former nurses’ accommodation complex at Foresterhill Court at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in November last year.
The health board – which has around 400 nursing vacancies – today said it is “deeply disappointed” by the recommendation.
A report by Aberdeen City Council planning officers said the application should be refused as it would result in the loss of open space and trees and would also have “adverse impacts” upon the amenity of neighbours.
The plans had been set to go before councillors last month but were withdrawn. However, members of full council are now poised to vote on the plans on Wednesday.
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “We remain deeply disappointed by the recommendation of Aberdeen City Council officers.
“The high cost of living in Aberdeen continues to present us with significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff.”
The spokeswoman added: “Both NHS Grampian and Grampian Housing Association have again written directly to elected members to outline our concern at the position adopted by officers.
“We hope they will consider this information carefully prior to their meeting.”
The properties would be allocated to key workers for NHS Grampian as first preference and then be open to workers in Police Scotland, the city council or the Scottish Government.
If any of the properties were vacant for a period of two weeks then the accommodation could be let at mid-market rent to non-key workers.
The flats, which would be built in partnership with Grampian Housing Association, were hoped to be completed by the winter of 2017.