Student flats can be built on the site of a shut Exeter pub and ex-MOT centre after plans were approved at the second time of asking.
City councillors backed proposals by Urban Centric to redevelop the site – including the Sorry Head – after its amended designs and reduced the overall number of bed spaces to 71.
It is the first time in nearly 18 months that the authority has granted permission for any student flats.
The Sorry Head premises will be incorporated as a reception area in the four-storey development.
Exeter City Council’s planning committee approved the proposals this week.
Councillor Greg Sheldon said: “When you go to them and ask to make changes and they come back it is quite churlish to then say ‘nah’.
“They [the developers]have been reasonably accommodating and the scheme will enhance the area. I can safely say what is proposed is better than what is there currently.”
Cllr Ruth Williams added: “It is good to see the developer has been working closely with officers and taken the feedback on. While not perfect, I am minded to support it on this occasion.”
Cllr Richard Branston was still unhappy with the scheme – saying it was a 21st century development in the heart of a conservation area.