Members of Ryedale District Council’s Planning Committee have supported plans to develop Wentworth Street Car Park in Malton.
Around 100 people packed into Malton School’s main hall last night to listen as the proposals to build a supermarket, office, petrol filling station and car park were debated.
Cllr Lindsay Burr, a Liberal Democrat, had proposed the committee turn down the application.
She was supported by Cllrs Peter Walker, an independent, and Liberals Luke Richardson and Tommy Woodward but they were then outvoted by six votes to four.
The four opponents then left the meeting - leaving the six Tory councillors to vote the plans through.
Outline planning permission will now be granted unless the Secretary of State decides to intervene.
Cllr John Windress, vice chairman of the planning committee, said: “If the Secretary of State decides to intervene and so require this application to be referred to him for a decision, a public enquiry can be expected.”
“Should the Secretary of State decide not to intervene, the district council will grant outline planning permission for the Wentworth Street proposal, subject to the specified planning conditions and the completion of a Section 106 planning agreement.”
*Read more in Wednesday’s Malton and Pickering Mercury