A department of environment inspector has recommended that the land at Brindle's Wood in Hutton be placed in the metropolitan green belt.
Local people have fought a long battle to prevent the woodland owned by the Newham LBC becoming a housing site. If the council agrees, the land would now be preserved and that now seems likely.
Dr Chris Dale, vice chairman of the borough's planning committee, says the decision is the result of a partnership between the council and local residents.
'While you can look at a map and it looks like a nice place to put a housing estate, I think the grief that would be caused for local residents round there would be unbearable. And happily the whole council has supported that view'.