Ten new flats are to be built in a village after being given the green light by planners.
Members of North Tyneside Council’s planning committee voted 11 to one in favour of the application.
The plans are for a three storey block of ten flats to built on a site in John Street, Cullercoats, currently occupied by a car and van salesroom.
The application proposes seven two-bedroom, two one-bedroom and one three-bedroom flats, with 14 car parking spaces to the rear of the building.
A previous application to build 12 flats on the site was refused but an appeal has been lodged.
Coun John O’Shea said: “It’s a dreadful site, unkempt and untidy.
“This application will enhance the area quite dramatically and provide local housing.”
Cullercoats ward councillor David McMeekan said: “I did have several reservations about this but the legal representation is we should approve it.”
He added that he wanted to see any Section 106 contribution from the developers spent in the local area rather than Whitley Bay as proposed.
The council did receive six letters of objection from local residents who said there was inadequate parking provision proposed, loss of privacy and light, while the building must be in keeping with the conservation area.
Coun Shirley Mortimer also had reservations about the application.
She said: “I think this is just the same size as the previous one.”