Plans for a new high school at Earlston will be decided by the local councillor along with council officials.
Delegated powers have been given for the Earlston High plans
Scottish Borders Council has agreed to delegate power to give final approval for the site at Georgefield Farm.
The move was made because negotiations were ongoing with watchdog bodies Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
They have expressed concern about the possible flood risk on the site and effects on a nearby conservation area.
Planning officials had recommended approval for the scheme, provided a number of conditions covering areas like access and landscaping were met.
However, it was decided to delegate final approval to allow further discussions to take place.
The Earlston project is one of three new high schools in a £60m public private partnership in the Scottish Borders.