Planning chiefs have given permission for a new development of 190 homes in a County Durham village.
Durham-based Banks Property applied for permission to build up to 190 new family homes on a 7.4-hectare site on Pelton Lane, near Chester-le-Street.
It has been carrying out consultations over the last few months with local people, community groups and businesses about its plans.
A formal planning application was submitted to Durham County Council in December.
Now, after officers recommended its approval, it has won the backing of the planning committee by a margin of nine votes to one.
More than 60 people attended drop-in sessions which Banks Property put on in the area about the proposal in December and January, and the majority of feedback was positive.
Pelton Parish Council, Newfield & Pelton Lane Ends Residents' Association, Chester-le-Street & District Business Association and Roseberry Nursery and Primary School all gave their backing.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, said: “Our Pelton Lane scheme will be located on a site that has previously been identified as suitable for this sort of development, and is in an area where we are certain there will be strong demand for the homes that will now be built.
"Staying in or moving to the places in which people want to live should be an option for everyone, and increasing the supply of quality homes through developments such as this will contribute to making this a realistic goal.
"We're very grateful for the local backing we received during the many months of consultation we carried out across the community, and will now be looking to move the project forward as soon as possible."
For further information on the Pelton Lane scheme, click HERE.