Earlier, the council’s petitions committee had sat for the first time to receive a 677-name petition protesting at the scheme.
Petitioners, aided by ward members councillors Grant and Susan Davey, had spent an hour outlining their worries.
Coun Pat Scott, who chaired the committee, said the objectors believed the signatures were only the tip of the iceberg of opposition in Blyth.
She told the executive: “As a committee, we felt we would like to recommend to the executive that they defer the decision and look at sites that have the least impact on residents.”
Coun Reid said: “I think the executive is minded to accept the recommendations, but need scrutiny to go through the process and make sure it was conducted properly.”
The work must be done by March 2015.