The scrapping of so-called "ghost ships" on Teesside is likely to move a step closer when a public inquiry is held into the controversial plans.
The first of four ships arrived on Teesside in November 2003
Able UK won a contract to dismantle former US naval vessels at its facility in Graythorp, Hartlepool.
Last year the town's council threw out plans to develop the dock into a recycling facility, but new government policies undermined the decision.
The authority will not oppose Able UK's appeal at the inquiry on 9 October.
In 2003, the firm won the contract with the US Government to dismantle up to 13 vessels.
Four ships arrived that year, but delays caused by environmental and planning concerns prevented the remaining nine leaving the James River in Virginia.
Last October, Hartlepool councillors threw out planning applications by Able UK to decommission all the vessels at the Graythorp yard.
The firm said it would appeal against the decision, and earlier this year Hartlepool Council admitted that fresh government policy meant it could no longer block planning permission.
Able UK welcomed the decision, which came too late to save the order for the further nine vessels.
The Environment Agency has already withdrawn its objections to the plans.
The main application covers a range of proposals to develop the site, including construction, repair, refurbishment and decommissioning of all types of vessels, and the manufacture of wind turbines.