Plans for the redevelopment of York's Barbican Centre will not go to a public inquiry, it has been announced.
Public views on the redevelopment will still be sought
The Secretary of State has approved the proposals, which include 240 flats, a four star hotel, refurbished auditorium and a swimming pool.
Campaigners against the redevelopment of the centre had hoped the plans would be called in.
The City of York Council welcomed the decision and said work could now begin on the site before the end of 2004.
Council leader Steve Galloway described the decision as a planning victory and said it was "what the vast majority of York residents had been hoping for".
The council said the decision will also provide much needed capital for the refurbishment of the city's other two pools, Edmund Wilson and Yearsley.