The £250 million Carlyon Bay development could soon be set to proceed after Cornwall councillors voted unanimously in its favour yesterday.
Since being granted extant planning permission in 1990 to build around 500 apartments, the project has been tied up in red tape and dogged by any number of obstacles and objections, mainly revolving around its plans for sea defences.
A public enquiry in 2006 led to plans being rejected, but the developers, Commercial Estates Group, returned last year with a revised scheme for a more sustainable design and realigned sea defence system.
Now the Council has given its consent, the Secretary of State will consider the application.
The decision, however, has been greeted with “dismay” by members of the Carlyon Bay Watch protest group, who have long campaigned against the plans.