A controversial £140 million application for a huge housing and retail development on the outskirts of Truro has been given the green light.
After more than four hours of heated debate, councillors carried the proposal for the 1,500 home development at Langarth Farm, near Threemilestone, by just ten votes to nine.
Subject to some fine tuning of the legal terms and the approval of Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the 160-acre site will be developed by property group Inox over the next 10 to 15 years.
It will produce a bigger population than towns such as Lostwithiel, Padstow and Fowey, with opponents saying it is too large, will cause huge infrastructure problems and is not wanted by local residents.
But supporters say the scheme will bring much-needed investment to the area and provide a "lifeline" to some of the 1,989 householders currently on the waiting list for affordable homes within Truro.
Several councillors said the 525 affordable properties being provided at the development – 35 per cent of the total – are "inadequate" in addressing the city's housing crisis.
The development will include a hotel, restaurant, shops, care home, primary school and 600-space extension to the existing park and ride.
Yesterday's approval from Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee also means a significant leap forward for the Duchy's stadium plans, as Inox already has outline planning permission for the venue on an adjacent site.