Opponents to the development were quick to criticise yesterday’s decision.
Speaking after the meeting, campaigners said parking on the site could become a nightmare for residents, also pointing out that a proposed playground area was recently under water.
Edward Ward, a member of the Sandy Lane Action Group, expressed his disappointment, saying he felt planning committee chairman Peter Beer was “hell bent” on the scheme going through.
“The applicant just said this is what we want and we are not prepared for any discussion,” said Mr Ward. “It is completely opposed by local people.”
Mr Ward questioned the location of the planned play area, which was completely flooded this winter.
Concerns over potential parking issues were also raised, while Theo Bird, of Bulmer Road, claimed the site had not been marketed properly by the developer.