Protesters against a developer building a block of student flats, overlooking Bede Park have lost their battle after a Government planning inspector overturned their objections.
The council's planning officers initially refused Code Student Accommodation permission to attach a block of 279 student flats to its existing block in Western Road, arguing the new extension was too big and would have a damaging effect on a densely populated area, putting considerable strain on local services.
Code reduced its original £30 million plan, including a 14 storey building, after strong local objections, but the revised, smaller proposals were also unpopular and were also blocked by the council.
The planning inspector backed Code who said the council's numbers on students in the ward didn't stack up.
The successful appeal left Code £250,000 out of pocket after costs were refused.
Work on the site has restarted along after assurances that Code will improve local green spaces.