A former B&Q store in Southampton is now set to be transformed into a £40m student accommodation development.
The plans were filed by Sladen Estates and Britel Fund Trustees Ltd last year, but were only given the green light by councillors this week.
However, it was not passed completely without opposition - resident Tim Barrett-Smith and ward councillors Sharon Mintoff and Bob Painton all argued that the new complex would be an overdevelopment of the site and add to increased parking issues in the surrounding areas.
Nonetheless, the developers countered that the scheme will create hundreds of jobs and free up more family homes for city residents.
The scheme will include a mixture of three, four and give-storey buildings on Mayfield Road, and will create 180 flats and a new community cafe. Work is set to begin early next year, and could be complete in time for the summer of 2017.