A block of six flats is set to be built in Sandiacre despite objections from neighbours, the parish council and the town’s heritage group.
The canalside development, south of the Plough Inn in Town Street, will be three storeys high.
Councillors applauded the plan by Bramcote-based Truman Investments at a planning meeting last week.
They said it would clean up the site, previously home to portable buildings used by charity Groundwork.
Cllr Daniel Walton said the area was currently ‘a mess’.
“It’s unsightly,” he said.
“I think this is an exiting programme of development.”
“It will be a joy to live there and overlook the canal,” he added.
Cllr Margaret Griffiths said it was a ‘win-win situation’ as the development would create less traffic than when Groundwork occupied the site.
But Sandiacre councillor Jennifer Hulls agreed with the objectors. She said: “It doesn’t look very exciting.
“The side facing towards the road looks a bit like a prison.”
She was the only councillor to vote against the plan, which was approved at the meeting on Wednesday.